Ventura County Public Works Agency Director Jeff Pratt appointed president of statewide engineering association

Pratt to serve one-year term as County Engineers Association of California

Ventura County Public Works Agency Director Jeff Pratt

(VENTURA COUNTY, Calif.) – Jan. 8, 2018– Jeff Pratt, Director of the Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA), has been appointed as President of the County Engineers Association of California (CEAC). He will serve a one-year term, which started November 2017.

As president, Pratt serves as the official representative and spokesperson of CEAC, an association comprised of county engineers, public works directors, county road commissioners, and professional personnel throughout California’s 58 counties. He is responsible for organization and scheduling of Board meetings and presides at all Board meetings and the business portions of the fall, spring and policy conferences, as well as prepare the programs for the conferences. Pratt will also engage with new CEAC members, as well as coordinate the presentation of Life Membership Certificates to members conferred for the honor by the Board of Directors.

“Jeff’s appointment as President of CEAC is an opportunity to share our Ventura County best practices with other county agencies throughout the state, and to bring back ideas for improving our public works efforts for the 10 cities and unincorporated areas we serve,” said County of Ventura Chief Executive Officer, Mike Powers. “We are very proud of Jeff and this is a great recognition of his leadership skills, both locally and statewide.”

Formed in 1914, CEAC strives to advance county engineering and management by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information aimed at improving service to the public. Furthermore, the organization’s objective is to accomplish the advancement of engineering methods and ethical practice through networking efforts of all 58 counties in the state, with a goal to affect maximum efficiency and modernization in engineering and administrative units of local government.

Pratt became the Director of VCPWA in October 2008. In his capacity as the Agency Director, Pratt serves as the County Road Commissioner, the Chief Engineer of several special districts and the Executive Officer of the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency – which protects the largest groundwater aquifer in Ventura County. 

After a tour of duty in the Navy, Jeff worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Climate Change, as an engineer at a construction and a geotechnical firm, and for two cities and two counties. For the last twenty years has specialized in the area of water resources. Throughout his 37 years of service, Pratt has demonstrated a passion and talent for process improvement and the elimination of inefficient, redundant, and/or wasteful practices.

Pratt was trained as a structural engineer at Washington University in St. Louis, and has completed several graduate courses in public policy, public administration, and business management at the Universities of Missouri and Washington.

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