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Commissioner Jim Friedman to Chair the Ventura Port District Board

(Ventura, California) Jim Friedman has been selected to serve as the new chairman of the Ventura Port District Board of Port Commissioners, taking over the role from the outgoing chair, Commissioner Gregory Carson.

At the Port District’s board meeting on Jan. 28, the commissioners selected Friedman to serve as the chair, Commissioner Everard Ashworth to serve as vice chair and Commissioner Bruce Smith to serve as secretary. The new terms are for two years.

The five commissioners are: Friedman, Ashworth, Smith, Gregory Carson and Robert Bravo. The board meets monthly to discuss Port District business and policy. The public is welcome to attend the meetings, which are held at 7 p.m. every other Wednesday of the month at 1603 Anchors Way Drive at Ventura Harbor.

Friedman previously served as a member of the Ventura City Council from 1995 through 2003 and Mayor from 1997 through 1999. He is a past president of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. He was appointed to the Port District board in August of 2012 and his term on the Port District board expires June 30, 2017.

“I am excited to serve as chair of the Port District commission for the next two years.  We will face many challenges and opportunities. I am comforted in knowing that this board is definitely up to the task,” Friedman said.

Ashworth said, “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to serve with Commissioner Jim Friedman and my colleagues on the Port Commission. We all share a commitment to improve all facets of the Ventura Port District’s operations, which will benefit our tenants and ensure that a visit to Ventura Harbor is something special.”

The Ventura Port District, home to the Channel Islands National Park, provides a safe and navigable harbor and a seaside destination that benefits residents, visitors, fisherman and boaters who enjoy Ventura Harbor’s exceptional facilities, events and services.

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