The Downtown Ventura Partners, the property-based business improvement district, is on the hunt for a new executive director.

The group is looking for a replacement for Rob Edwards, who left the DVP on Jan. 15.

“We’re setting up a search committee and taking the time” to reassess the duties of that position and find a new director, said Dave Armstrong, DVP board president.

Edwards was hired first to lead the Downtown Ventura Organization, a 501c3, in July 2007. The DVP, a 501c6 nonprofit property and business improvement district, was established in May of 2009.

In other news, the DVP hired Service Group Inc. (SGI) to manage its Clean and Safe Program. SGI, in turn, has hired personnel to serve as “hospitality ambassadors” to the downtown area. Donning shirts with a Downtown Ventura logo, they will start Feb. 23 after their training is complete, says Armstrong.

“Their basic job is to make sure everything is clean and neat, [removing] graffiti, trash, shopping carts, just making sure downtown looks great,” he said. Armstrong also relayed that the SGI personnel will be interfacing with visitors, business owners and the Ventura Police Department for a safer downtown district.

Armstrong said the SGI program will cost the group about $125,000. The PBID encompasses most of the downtown area and is funded through assessment fees paid by property owners to, among other things, maintain upkeep, economic vitality and safety in Ventura’s downtown.

—Paul Sisolak

Full disclosure: David Comden, publisher of the VCReporter, is the vice-chair of the DVO board.