By Logan Hall
Ojai’s city planner Katrina Rice Schmidt has resigned from her position with the city. According to city manager Rob Clark, Schmidt gave her two weeks notice for personal reasons yesterday morning.
Clark says that her resignation was unexpected and he is now tasked with finding a suitable replacement for the position of city planner. “It caught me by surprise,” he said. “I’m going to find someone qualified that can perform her duties on an interim basis. That will give me and the City Council time to figure out what we are looking for in a permanent replacement.”
Clark said that he values Schmidt’s contributions over her nine years with the city of Ojai. “Katrina was doing a really, really good job,” he said. “I think the things she has done have really done a lot to preserve the beauty of this community.”