Community Development Director
Carlene Saxton joined the City of Moorpark in October 2021 as the Community Development Director. In this capacity, she oversees a $4.68M departmental budget for six functional divisions; Administration, Building & Safety, Code Compliance, Housing, Planning, and Economic Development. Ms. Saxton is a passionate public servant with over a half decade in the private sector. Her career has spanned areas including public works, CEQA and NEPA compliance, advanced and current planning efforts, and economic development opportunities. In her position, she channels her extensive planning knowledge into the full development process. She is deeply enthusiastic about guiding developers from their initial prospecting conversations to entitlement and project approval and, finally, to certificate of occupancy. Carlene holds a Bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Valparaiso University and a Master’s degree in Development and Planning from University College London. Her exceptional leadership, coupled with her extensive experience, brings a positive and collaborative approach to the City of Moorpark. Her guidance and passion propel Moorpark's growth, fostering a vibrant community that cherishes sustainability and economic prosperity.
Doug Spondello joined the City of Moorpark in June 2019. In his current role as Deputy Community Development Director, he provides strategic oversight to the Planning and Code Compliance Divisions. With over 15 years of experience in municipal government, Mr. Spondello has played a pivotal role in facilitating numerous development projects and fostering strategic partnerships with companies such as Procter and Gamble, Amazon, Haas Automation, Volkswagen/Bugatti, Northrop Grumman, Mission Produce, Deardorff Family Farms, Comstock Homes, Shea Properties, The Daly Group, and others. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Studies from Loyola Marymount University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. Born and raised in Ventura County, Mr. Spondello is passionate about ensuring the long-term economic viability of our region, finding innovative solutions, and facilitating opportunities within the City of Moorpark.
Deputy Community Development Director
Economic Development Manager
Since joining in February 2022, John Bandek has been a driving force behind initiatives to support Moorpark's business growth and prosperity. In his capacity, Mr. Bandek oversees Moorpark's economic development efforts and serves as the "go-to" person at Moorpark City Hall for all-things business-related. He has played a key role in launching DiscoverMoorpark.com and @DiscoverMoorpark social media accounts to showcase the city's unique offerings. His accomplishments also include organizing the annual State of the City Event and Mayor's Business Appreciation Luncheon. With a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Pepperdine University and ongoing pursuit of Master's Degrees in Urban Planning and Public Administration from the University of Southern California, John brings a diverse perspective to his role. His dedication, innovative strategies, and commitment to excellence make him a valuable asset to Moorpark, shaping a prosperous future for the local business ecosystem.