City of Ventura News Release

For Immediate Release  

May 5, 2022

Media Contact: Heather Sumagaysay, Public Information Officer,

Michael MacDonald hired as Ventura’s new city clerk

Ventura, Calif. – After a highly competitive, open recruitment process, the City of Ventura has hired Michael MacDonald as the new City Clerk.


“Having grown up in Ventura, I feel lucky to return to this community in a public service role,” said City Clerk Michael MacDonald. “I look forward to this new role and serving as a partner in democracy, ensuring that the residents of Ventura have an open, honest, and transparent government.”


As the City Clerk, MacDonald is responsible for managing and supervising the activities of the City Clerk's Office including preparation of City Council agendas and minutes, overseeing recruitments and appointments for the city's advisory groups, coordinating elections, and adherence to the Brown Act. Additionally, the City Clerk is accountable for compliance with the Public Records Act and the Political Reform Act.


With over five years of experience working in municipal government and two years with the state senate, MacDonald joins Ventura from the City of Berkeley where he served as the Assistant City Clerk. He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from CSU Channel Islands and is a Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC).


“The city clerk wears many hats, including overseeing elections, council agendas, public records, meetings, and volunteer opportunities on city advisory committees,” said City Manager Alex D. McIntyre. “Michael is a great addition to the City’s leadership team. His experience will help further advance our commitment to public transparency and responsive local government services,” said City Manager Alex D. McIntyre.


For more information about the City of Ventura’s City Clerk’s Office, visit

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