About the District

A Tradition of Service

Mission Statement
The Ventura Regional Sanitation District is a non-tax supported public agency providing sanitation services. We offer the highest quality service at the lowest possible cost for our customers, and we will provide solutions by involving our staff, our customers, and our community.

The Ventura Regional Sanitation District (VRSD), a public waste management agency, was organized in 1970 pursuant to the County Sanitation District Act of the California Health and Safety Code Section 4700. VRSD is overseen by a nine-member Board of Directors who represent the eight cities and various special districts that receive services from the District.

Among our early achievements was the securing of grant monies for expansion of Ventura County wastewater treatment plants and assistance to the State of California in development of the County's initial Comprehensive Water Quality Plan.

VRSD added solid waste disposal to its range of services in 1972 when we assumed operation of Ventura County's publicly owned landfills. Today, we own and operate one active solid waste disposal site (Toland Road Landfill near Santa Paula) and are responsible for post-closure operations at five more.

In 1999, VRSD completed a plan to redistribute public monies to local cities and Ventura County, making the District a truly entrepreneurial public agency. We receive no tax-based support--our operations are funded by fees for the services we provide.

Our team of well-trained, experienced professionals takes pride in meeting the daily sanitation needs of more than 600,000 residents of Ventura County.

Board of Directors

VRSD is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors that includes city council members from Camarillo, Fillmore, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura, and a member appointed by a committee of the Ventura County Special Districts Association.

Kevin Kildee

Kevin Kildee
City of Camarillo

Mark Austin

Mark Austin
City of Fillmore

William Weirick

William Weirick
City of Ojai

Bert Perello

Bert Perello
City of Oxnard


Laura Hernandez
Vice Chairperson

City of Port Hueneme

 Jenny Crosswhite, Board Member, City of Santa Paula

Jenny Crosswhite
City of Santa Paula


Jim Friedman

City of Ventura

James Acosta, Board Member, Special Districts

James Acosta
Special Districts

Organizational Chart

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Organization Chart

Board of Directors

Kevin Kildee

Mark Austin

William Weirick

Bert Perello

Laura Hernandez, Vice Chairperson

Jenny Crosswhite

Ed Jones

Jim Friedman, Chairperson

James Acosta

General Manager

Chris Theisen

Legal Counsel

Robert Kwong
(A to Z Law)

Support Services

Clerk of the Board, Records Management, Contract Processing

Human Resources

Management, Public Information, Risk Management


Director of Operations
Richard Jones

Solid Waste Operations

Water/Wastewater Operations


Director of Finance
Tina Rivera

Financial Management

Budgeting, Contracts, Purchasing

Information Technology (IT)

Accounts Payable,
Accounts Receivable

Board Meetings

VRSD Board Meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month, beginning at 8:30 AM.  Members of the public are encouraged to attend. Due to the Covid-19 emergency, Board meetings are being held by video conference. See the upcoming meeting agenda for instructions on how to join the video conference.