Gabriel Teran

Oxnard’s city council picked Parks and Recreation commissioner Gabe Teran to take over for former city councilmember Carmen Ramirez at a special meeting Thursday night.

Teran was sworn in immediately following the meeting but will have a ceremonial induction to the council at its Tuesday meeting.

“I want you to know that I don’t look at this as a job—this is not a job, this is a responsibility I’ve been entrusted with,” Teran said. “I will take it incredibly seriously and dedicate the time that it takes for me to do the job.”

Teran will represent District 2, the section of Oxnard that includes its blighted Wagon Wheel and upscale Riverpark neighborhoods along the Hwy. 101 corridor.

His appointment is temporary, with a special election to pick Ramirez’s replacement scheduled for later this year in November.

The winner of that election will finish Ramirez’ four-year term, which ends in 2022. Ramirez, a 12-year member of the council, was elected to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 3. Teran’s selection followed three hours of presentations by other 12 individuals who had applied for the spot on the council, including Oxnard School Board President Veronica Robles-Solis that was the second runner up on the selection process by the other current 6 council members.