Employee Highlight

Wayne Hatch

 

Wayne Hatch, Aquatic Facility Operator has worked at the City of Ventura for 11 years.  Wayne oversees all maintenance operations at the state of the art Ventura Aquatic Center on Kimball Road.

In 2010, more than 134,000 guests visited the Aquatic Center to enjoy the competition pool, recreation pool, water playground and two giant water slides.  Wayne and his crew ensure the facility is safe and beautiful for all Ventura residents and visitors.    He is responsible for maintaining proper water chemistry, and adhering to all state and county regulations.

Wayne is passionate about making sure the Aquatic Center continues to be an excellent facility, and is always looking at preventative maintenance measures as well as ways to make improvements.   With his facility maintenance expertise, he has led green initiatives to reduce energy consumption by installing variable-frequency drive (VFD) systems, as well as reducing gas and chemical costs.

If you haven’t seen the Ventura Aquatic Center yet, be sure to visit.  Pool hours, recreation programs, class schedules and more information are available on the aquatics page.


Jose Salsedo

 

Jose (Joe) Salsedo, Equipment Operator, has worked for the Public Works Department for almost 35 years. The City Manager's blog recently highlighted Joe and the often overlooked staff that responds to emergencies at all hours citywide.

Joe regularly provides storm-patrol duties and he remembers many rainy nights he worked to prevent the floods that used to engulf Main and Santa Clara Streets before a fix was applied at Kalorama.

Five years ago, in the wake of the School Fire, Joe was part of a three-man crew that spent most of the night repeatedly unclogging a drain engulfed in debris flowing down from the burned-over hillsides.

In 1997, Joe was nominated “Employee of the Year.” In 2005, he was the recipient of the Richard Ortega Award. The Richard Ortega award is given to those employees who best exemplify the attributes of a beloved Public Works employee, Richard Ortega, which are: providing excellent customer service, taking pride in work, having a positive attitude and being a great team worker.


Sergeant Ryan Weeks

 

Ventura Police Sgt. Ryan Weeks was recently featured on KCAL 9 News video outlining proactive efforts to improve pedestrian safety on our streets.

 

Sergeant Ryan began his career in law enforcement in June of 1998 as a patrol officer, was promoted to corporal in July of 2004 and to sergeant in August of 2006. Ryan has worked in Patrol, has been a detective in our Street Crimes Unit (property crime), and was a member of the Special Enforcement Team working gang enforcement. Ryan has been a field-training officer, a KOGA (self-defense) and baton instructor. Currently, Ryan supervises the department Traffic Unit (motorcycles) and is a team leader of the SWAT team.

Ryan holds an AA degree from Questa College and a BA in economics and business from Westmont College, and was a minor league baseball player. Law enforcement runs in the Weeks’ family – his father was also a Ventura police officer.