For Immediate Release
Date: June 26, 2019
For information, please contact:
Ojai City Manager’s Office
Attention: Luis Gomez, Administrative Assistant
(805) 646-5581 x 103 or gomez@ojaicity.org
 
Ojai City Council Appoints James Vega as City Manager
The City of Ojai has appointed James Vega as its new City Manager, City officials said.
 
The City Council formally approved an agreement with Mr. Vega to serve as City Manager of Ojai during its June 25, 2019 City Council meeting.
Mr. Vega has served as Interim City Manager for two months, following the resignation of previous City Manager, Steve McClary. Prior to that, Mr. Vega had served as Assistant to the City Manager since 2017. Before coming to the City of Ojai he served in many roles at the City of Oxnard, including 9 years in the City Manager’s office.
 
Mayor Johnny Johnston said of the City Council’s unanimous decision, “Ojai is fortunate to have the services of someone with the credentials and experience that James Vega brings to the job. Much credit for the smooth transition in the city administration goes to our former City Manager, Steve McClary who recruited Mr. Vega and other capable personnel.”
 
Mr. Vega, an attorney, was born in Sacramento, California but grew up in Ventura County. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in English from California State University Channel Islands and obtained a Juris Doctorate Degree from the Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law. He became a member of the California State Bar Association in January of 2013. He and his wife live in the Ojai Valley with a rescue horse, a miniature pig and six chickens.
 
“The Ojai Valley is my home,” Mr. Vega said. “I look forward to the opportunity to serve my community.”