Oxnard City Manager meets with community

Alex Nguyen, the new Oxnard City Manager, took some time out of his busy schedule to meet with members of the local community. Nguyen gathered with citizens as well as members of city staff on Friday morning, October 12, outside the Starbucks at the Downtown Plaza to hold a two-hour get acquainted session. Members of the public could meet and talk to Nguyen over free coffee and pastries.

Nguyen, who started his new job on July 9, has been getting to know the city and its issues. This event was a chance to meet some of the people behind the scenes. Members of city staff, including representatives from the Oxnard Police Department, Fire Department, Code Compliance, and the City Clerk’s Office, came out to share a cup of coffee and introduce themselves. Members from the community, nonprofits, and business organizations also had a chance to shake hands.
Nguyen (pronounced “win”) has 20 years of municipal experience with the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and Riverside, California.

"He comes to the city via Oakland, where he served as Chief of Staff for a City Council office for two years, and for the elected City Attorney for 11 years, where he was co-creator and Executive Director of the Neighborhood Law Corps.
He also worked in Alameda as Assistant City Manager and led the turnaround of the Public Works department, which became only the second of its size in the Bay Area to gain professional accreditation.

"He also led the effort to build the city’s first dedicated Emergency Operations Center, along with a new fire station. In Riverside, he served as Assistant City Manager, where he led the effort to fund and design a new Main Library and City Archive downtown. He also led the city’s Office of Homeless Solutions, which developed Riverside’s homeless policy and Housing First Plan.

"Nguyen has promised that in his role as city manager, he would have a transparent administration. “I know that I have a lot to learn and I will need everyone’s help to get up to speed. For now, I can tell you that this administration will be transparent. We will be responsive to the community, and we will be accountable to everyone,” he said in July during his swearing in ceremony.