CAMARILLO, Calif. – After a thorough search and subsequent review of qualified applicants, Ventura County Supervisor Kelly Long has nominated Mr. Earl McPhail to fill the Ventura County Planning Commission spot for the third district. Once approved, Mr. McPhail will replace acting Commissioner Maggie Kestly who was appointed on a temporary basis to fill the sudden and unexpected vacancy left by Steve Onstot.
Mr. McPhail currently serves as the Chair of the Santa Paula Planning Commission and has been a resident there for forty years. His experience with Ventura County government is extensive, serving as Ventura County’s Agricultural Commissioner for almost thirty years from 1979 – 2008.
“I am delighted to recommend Earl McPhail as my Ventura County Planning Commissioner”, said Supervisor Long. “Mr. McPhail’s extensive experience with land use issues, his passion for community service and strong support from highly respected community members makes him an ideal choice to serve in this role.”
Mr. McPhail has the knowledge and background to understand complex planning issues. His personal experience includes involvement with the County’s previous General Plan process, years of work with the County Planning Department in his role as Agricultural Commissioner and service as a member of the Planning Commission for the City of Santa Paula.
“I am honored to be selected for this position and I look forward to serving the county for which I spent so many years of my professional life”, said McPhail. “The third supervisorial district is a diverse and geographically unique area and I intend to be the best representative I can for all of Supervisor Long’s constituents. I believe my experience and expertise will serve me well in this new role.”
Mr. McPhail has informed Supervisor Long that he intends to resign from the Santa Paula Planning Commission once the appointment has been confirmed by the Board of Supervisors so he can devote his full attention to the County and avoid any appearance of conflict of interest.
The official appointment of Mr. McPhail will be considered at the regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting on March 12th. The term would be effective through January 4th, 2021.