By Nao Braverman
With fond memories and farewell wishes the City of Ojai will be losing two valuable staff members this summer. Doug Breeze, director of Public Works for more than four years, and Carol Belser who has been directing the Recreation Department for almost 15 years, both gave their notices earlier this month and will be leaving before the end of summer.
“Both Doug and Carol have new challenges ahead,” said city manager Jere Kersnar. “They have been valuable staff members and contributed a lot to this community.”
Breeze, a Port Hueneme resident, came to the city four years ago with 20 years of experience directing maintenance for municipal water districts and public works for the city of Port Hueneme.
“He has been a very focused and effective worker who always wanted to get things done,” said the city engineer Glenn Hawks. “I’m sorry to see him go. He was great to work for and always gave me full support.”
During his four years with the city, Breeze improved local pedestrian safety by overseeing the construction of a number of crosswalks including the lighted crosswalks in front of Nordhoff High School and across Ojai Avenue at Ventura Street. Three trolley stops, a Willow Street extension connecting Fox Street and Montgomery Street, and a large asphalt overlay project including Cuyama Road and Grand Avenue were all completed under his direction.