Camarillo | New Leadership Chosen to Succeed Retiring City Manager

Camarillo, California – The Camarillo City Council has appointed current Assistant City Manager Tully Clifford as Interim City Manager, effective April 4, 2020, to succeed City Manager Dave Norman, who is retiring April 3, 2020 after four years in the position.

Before joining the City of Camarillo in April 2018 as Assistant City Manager, Mr. Clifford served as the City of Ventura Public Works Director. Previous to his work with the City of Ventura, Mr. Clifford served as Director of the Ventura County Watershed Protection District from 2012 – 2016.  He has also held positions with the cities of Santa Barbara and Solvang and Calgary, Canada, as well as serving as City Administrator for the Canadian municipality of Crowsnest Pass.

The City Council is expected to hire a recruiting firm at its meeting of February 12, to help them find a new City Manager to succeed both Mr. Norman and Mr. Clifford, who has also announced his intention to retire on or before June 30, 2020, depending on the selection and arrival of the new City Manager.

As part of the transition plan, City Manager Dave Norman has appointed current Director of Administrative Services Carmen Nichols to the position of Assistant City Manager, and John Thomas, current Assistant Director of Administrative Services, to the position of Interim Director of Administrative Services.  Both appointments will be effective March 2, 2020. 

Ms. Nichols joined the City of Camarillo in December 2018, after serving as Deputy City Manager of the City of Goleta. Previous to her work with the City of Goleta, Ms. Nichols served the City of Port Hueneme for 22 years, rising through the ranks to become Interim City Manager. 

“Carmen’s breadth and depth of experience in many areas of municipal practice, as well as being the stabilizing force that kept Port Hueneme together through several tumultuous years of interim and short-term City Managers, makes her a great choice to become this City’s next Assistant City Manager,” said Mr. Norman.

Mr. Thomas has served the City of Camarillo since 1999, starting as a student intern.  He was appointed Assistant Director of Administrative Services in 2008, where he has concentrated most of his attention on Information Systems management and project management. 

“As the City Council begins its recruitment for a new City Manager, this transition plan assures the community and City Staff that strong administrative leadership will remain in place, providing the type of long-term stability that people expect of the City of Camarillo,” said Mayor Tony Trembley. 

City Manager Dave Norman


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