Posted by Earl Murray on Sep 07, 2018
Jim Throop (pictured on the right with Club President Earl Murray Jr.) was the guest speaker at Friday morning’s meeting. 

Jim is Lompoc’s new city manager and after six weeks on the job, he talked to us about what is going on in the city.

Jim’s background involves 11 years working in private industry as a senior financial analyst and a financial planner. He has 22 years of professional experience working in the public industry in budget and finance, city government. Places of employment have been Arizona, Paso Robles, Oxnard, and now Lompoc.

Jim holds a bachelor in Economics and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in finance.

Jim’s job involves managing day to day operations, planning and preparing updates for the city council, working on budgets and the challenges, and community outreach with local businesses and community members and guests. There some challenges Lompoc is currently facing.

Jim informed the club members there are currently six issues that are being addressed: 1. Homelessness 2. Budgets 3. Future Revenue Growth 4. Pensions 5. Park Maintenance and 6. Roads. Each issue has their own set of challenges and he is working with the involved parties for remedies. He talked about how Lompoc needs some growth in Revenue with some ways to do this.

Some opportunities to grow Lompoc are in the areas of Tourism, New Housing, Sports and Events Complex, developing High Technology, and Infrastructure Upgrades. All of these areas are being looked at as possibilities for growth and improvements.

Jim will continue to work with the council, business professionals and the community on how we can grow Lompoc. He stated how his family enjoys living in Lompoc and on the Central Coast.

The Rotary Club of Vandenberg Village thanked Jim for a very informative talk.