Oxnard City Manager Nyhoff appoints two new leaders to head Finance and Fire departments

viagra buy arial, sans-serif;”>press_release_iconOXNARD, Calif.–City Manager Greg Nyhoff appointed two new leaders to head the City’s Finance and Fire departments. Jim Throop is the City’s new chief financial officer, and long-time employee Darwin Base has been appointed as fire chief. Both Throop and Base will assume their duties on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.


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Throop will be responsible for the implementation of sound financial policies and standards as well as overseeing the preparation of quality financial reports and projections.

“Mr. Throop has the financial expertise we need to continue on our journey to financial recovery,” said City Manager Greg Nyhoff. “His experience implementing financial controls will be a great benefit to the City as we push forward with our work to correct the shortcomings identified in the recent audit,” he said.

“I’m excited to join the Oxnard team to help the Finance Department realize its full potential,” said Jim Throop. “I look forward to tackling the challenges the City faces and continuing the implementation of best practices to ensure the City meets the highest financial standards,” said Throop.

Throop, 53, has more than 30 years of financial management experience in both the public and private sectors. He was Director of Administrative Services for the City of Paso Robles, Calif., Director of Budget and Research for Pinal County, and he managed the budget for the City of Glendale, Calif. He also has experience in the private sector managing healthcare and retail agency budgets.

Throop earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration from Chapman University. He also earned his Certified Public Manager® credential from Arizona State University. His starting annual salary is $194,318.


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Base will be responsible for leading a department that supports eight fire stations, 128 positions and a $24 million annual operating budget.

“After naming him as interim fire chief and working with him over the past several months, Chief Base has demonstrated his ability to effectively lead the department,” said Nyhoff. “He has significant experience and is familiar with our community,” he said.

“I have spent my entire career working in Oxnard, and it’s been an absolute pleasure for me,” said Darwin Base. “Fire chief is a position I have always aspired to, and I look forward to leading the department forward in providing life-saving services to the community,” he said.

Base, 58, has more than 28 years of experience with the Oxnard Fire Department, working in various roles including fire engineer, fire captain and battalion chief. He was hired as the department’s assistant fire chief in November 2015 after the City conducted a nationwide search. Additionally, he served as interim fire chief before being appointed as the department head. Base also has 10 years of experience teaching courses in fire technology for Oxnard Community College as well as for the Office of the State Fire Marshal and California Specialized Training Institute. His starting annual salary is $184,999.88.


The City of Oxnard is a full-service general law city incorporated in 1903. Oxnard is the largest and most populous city in the County of Ventura, serving 200,000 culturally diverse residents. Read more about the City of Oxnard at www.cityofoxnard.org. Follow us on social media atwww.twitter.com/CityofOxnard (@CityofOxnard), www.facebook.com/CityofOxnard and www.vimeo.com/cityofoxnard.

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