City Manager Mark Watkins


The Ventura City Council unanimously named Mark Watkins City Manager on February 11, 2013. Watkins comes to the City with nearly thirty years of local government experience.   

Mark worked for the City of Thousand Oaks, CA since 2001. He served as the Deputy Public Works Director/City Engineer for four years and Public Works Director for seven years. Prior to his position in Thousand Oaks, CA, he served as the Maintenance Services Manager for the City of Ventura and Civil Engineer for Kern County. Mr. Watkins holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cal. State Univ., Northridge and a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Chico.  He is also a graduate of Harvard’s prestigious Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program.