Ventura is a full-service government serving approximately 106,000 residents.  The City is comprised of ten departments: City Attorney, City Manager, Community Development, Parks/Recreation/Community Partnerships, Finance & Technology, Fire, Human Resources, Police, Public Works and Ventura Water.

City Attorney

The City Attorney's Office mission is to provide the highest quality legal services to elected officials, appointed officials, and staff in conducting City business.


City Manager

Under the Charter adopted by the citizens of Ventura in 1934, the City Manager is "the administrative head of the City government... responsible to the City Council for the administration of all City affairs" including hiring and firing department heads, preparing the annual budget and ensuring the effective implementation of the City Council's policies and priorities.


Community Development

The Community Development Department implements a variety of programs to assist in the development of the City's economic future and to foster a better quality of life.


Finance & Technology

The Finance & Technology Department is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient management of Citywide resources and is comprised of the Administration, Financial Planning & Analysis, Information Technology, Purchasing & Contacts, and Treasury Divisions.


Ventura City Fire Department

The Ventura City Fire Department serves the community by protecting life, property, and the environment through prevention,  education and emergency response services. We proudly watch over our community before, during and after emergencies 24 hours a day. We are here to serve you and protect you.


Human Resources

Welcome to the Human Resources Department. We are pleased to serve a workforce of over 600 employees. Our mission is to attract, develop, and retain quality employees dedicated to making Ventura even better.


Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships

The Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships provides a variety of programs, services and activities for city residents and adjacent communities. For more information visit the tabs above, buttons below or through  ActiveNet


Welcome to the Ventura Police Department Website


The Ventura Police Department is hiring! 



Do you like helping those in need, preventing and solving crime, protecting and serving our community? Are you a leader with courage, integrity, self-discipline and compassion? The City of Ventura is currently accepting applications for Police Officer Trainee for the upcoming 2016 Academy. If you have an interest or know of someone who would be interested in this rewarding career opportunity, please visit for more information and to apply on-line by the 5/1/2016 filing date. 





The Ideal Candidate

  • Is trustworthy, honest, physically active and has good leadership qualities.     
  • Takes responsibility and uses a proactive approach to problem-solving.
  • Maintains control when resolving delicate issues or responding to emergency situations.
  • Makes logical, fair decisions with calm professionalism, while adhering to the law and carrying out a law.

Minimum Qualifications



Education:  Graduation from High School, or a GED is required. College coursework in Criminal Justice, behavioral, or other social science coursework is preferred.

Age: Must be 20 years of age at the time of application.

Convictions: Must be of good moral character, with no felony convictions

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen, or able to provide proof of application for US citizenship at least one year prior to applying for a Police Officer Trainee position with the City of Ventura. 

Hearing and Vision: Normal hearing is required. Normal color vision and bilateral vision of 20/100 corrected to 20/30 is required. There is no limit on uncorrected distance vision with soft contact lenses, if the lenses have been worn at least one year prior to testing

Other: Candidates are required to undergo an extensive background investigation, polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, and pre-employment medical examination, including screening for drugs and alcohol, and X-ray of the back


Background Information:  Right to Work: Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying legal right to work in the United States.  Background Check: A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination, including psychological and polygraph exams, will be conducted. A drug screening may be required for some positions.  Probationary Period: Eighteen months.

Upon completion of the academy and appointment as a Police Officer, candidates will be eligible for the following compensation package:

Salary:  $6,081 to $7,391 per month.

Educational Incentive:  After completion of probation, 5% of base pay for an AA degree or intermediate POST certificate or 10.24% for a BA degree or Advanced POST certificate.

Bilingual Pay: $50 per pay period for demonstrated proficiency in a second language.

Uniform Allowance: $550 per year. All uniforms, including safety vests, are provided.

Deferred Compensation:  A Section 457 plan is available.

Medical/Dental Insurance: $225 monthly towards a selection of plans.  Medical insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.  Dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire. 

Optional Benefits Program:  $462 monthly, which may be applied toward medical insurance premiums.  Unused money may be taken as cash, payable biweekly. 

Vision Insurance: City paid coverage for employees and their dependents.  Vision insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.   

Life Insurance: City paid term life insurance of $10,000.

Retirement:  Employees are covered by the CalPERS retirement system. If you are a CalPERS retiree, please contact CalPERS to discuss the impact that employment in this position would have on your pension benefit.

Social Security:  CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security retirement so there is no payroll deduction. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your Social Security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or

Medicare:  Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

Holiday and Vacation:  22 days per year of combined holiday and vacation.  Employees may cash out 120 hours of holiday time annually.

Personal Leave:  35 hours per calendar year.

Sick Leave: 8 hours accrued per month, up to 1,440 hours; 25% will be paid out at r

etirement with 10 years service.

Tuition Reimbursement:  $2,500 per year for tuition and books for courses taken at accredited institution after completion of probationary period.

Direct Deposit:  Paychecks are automatically deposited to employee accounts. 

Workweek:  Officers in Field Services work 12 hours per day, 3 days per week.

Wellness Program:  A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle. 

View a full job descition and information about the City of Ventura at




Public Works

"Preserving Ventura's vital infrastructure and environment"

Ventura Public Works Mission: We build and maintain vital infrastructure and protect our environment for the safety, enjoyment and prosperity of future generations.   Key services include: environmental education & outreach, recycling, energy conservation, stormwater & beach quality protection, traffic, transportation, parking management, pedestrian & bikeway advocacy, street repair, citywide cleaning, graffiti abatement, fleet & facilities, and design, construction & management of capital projects.

Road Closures and Street Flooding

  • There are no road closures at this time. 

City Facility and Parks Closures

Sand and sandbags available to Ventura residents, at the following location:

  • City of Ventura, Sanjon Mainentance Yard:  336 Sanjon Road (enter at Chrisman Avenue)
    Sand, bags and shovels are available while supplies last -- and will be replenished as quickly as possible.
    Contact: Rick Guzman, Environmental Services Division Secretary at 805-652-4525,

For a list of private vendors who sell sandbags in Ventura county, click this link: Ventura County SandBag Vendor List

If you observe mud / debris in city streets or other non-emergency flooding problems, call Ventura Public Works at 805-652-4525 during regular business hours.  On-call Public Works staff are also prepared to respond to emergency flooding situations outside normal work hours.

Call 911 if you observe severe flooding, mudflows and/or landslides threatening life and property.


Public Works Director Rick Raives,

Public Works Joins Top Agencies in the U.S. to Receive APWA Accreditation 

Ventura Public Works has received the prestigious American Public Works Association (APWA) Accreditation Award. In July, 2014, APWA announced that Ventura was the 92nd Agency out of 38,142 cities, towns and counties throughout the United States to receive this honor. This award is a “seal of approval” from APWA for implementing nationally recognized best practices, state-of-the-art operations, and the most efficient use of public resources.

The City of Ventura Public Works Department is the 11th city in California to be accredited. Worldwide there are 95 agencies accredited – 93 in US and 2 in Canada.  
 Learn about the APWA Accreditation process and why it's good for Ventura...

Congrats to our Public Works team and their outstanding efforts to protect Ventura's environment. Verizon featured the City of Ventura in their national ad campaign, view out the video here!

Ventura Water



The City of Ventura wins 1st Place in the 2016 Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation


During the month of April we encouraged the community to participate in the 5th annual National Mayor’s challenge, an awareness campaign to elevate the importance of water conservation through a friendly nation- wide competition….and you responded….and we won! 

The Wyland Foundation recently announced the five winning cities and the city of Ventura has won 1st place in the population category 100,000 to 299,999 residents.

Residents from 4,100 participating cities across the country made online pledges to reduce their water use in the home, on the landscape, and ultimately as a lifestyle. Of the cities in its size category, Ventura had the highest percentage of community members make water saving pledges.  Overall Ventura residents pledged to save 26,325,903 gallons of water the equivalent of approximately 40 Olympic size swimming pools!


To view pictures of the awards ceremony visit us @ facebook/venturawater






Our Programs

• Drinking Water • Wastewater • Stormwater
• Rivers and Estuaries • Amended 2010 Urban Water Management Plan • 2015 Water Shortage Contingency Plan
• Water Shortage • Drought Year Information
 Water Commission Meetings
• Rates Recycled Water Mobile Reuse Program       Water Wise Incentive Program




⇒  Mound Basin Draft JPA Agreement for Public Viewing

⇒  Net Zero documents for Public Viewing

⇒  2015 City of Ventura Proposed Final Draft UWMP for Public Viewing (Appendices available at Clerks Office)

Washing Machine Rebates Available: Apply Now

Are you prepared for an Emergency or Natural Disaster?  Be informed, Make a Plan

⇒ Ventura Water featured in LA Times Article "Water Savers tap into Creativity" Saturday November 14, 2015



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