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Jim Throop

Jim Throop has been selected to take over as Lompoc's next city manager.

Jim Throop, who most recently served as chief financial officer for the city of Oxnard, has been selected as Lompoc’s next city manager.

Throop is expected to be introduced to the community at the next regular meeting of the Lompoc City Council, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19. He will officially take over the city’s top administrative post July 30.

Throop will succeed former Lompoc City Manager Patrick Wiemiller, who resigned effective Jan. 4 after accepting a position last November as an assistant city manager in Santa Maria. Teresa Gallavan, who had been an assistant city manager under Wiemiller, has been serving as the interim Lompoc city manager while the City Council conducted its search that ultimately led them to Throop.

“I’m looking forward to serving the wonderful Lompoc community, and putting my experience in finance to work for the city,” Throop said in a statement. “I’m confident that working together with the City Council, city staff and the community, we can help Lompoc shine the way it deserves to.”

Lompoc Mayor Bob Lingl said Throop’s financial background made him especially appealing.

“Throop’s experience in finance and problem-solving abilities made him a standout,” Lingl said. “Our City Council looks forward to welcoming Jim to the city, and moving forward with Jim’s leadership in these challenging financial times.”

Throop, who was born in Orange County, has family ties to the Central Coast. He served as director of administrative services for the city of Paso Robles from 2007-16, then moved to his most recent position with the city of Oxnard. 

Throop, according to the city of Lompoc, has more than 30 years of financial management experience in both the public and private sectors.

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Throop has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Chapman University.

Throop was selected by the Lompoc City Council after an extended recruitment process that included a community survey.

Gallavan, according to the city, will return to her roles as the city’s economic development director and assistant city manager under Throop.

Willis Jacobson covers the city of Lompoc for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @WJacobsonLR.

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