Jim O’Tousa


Jim O’Tousa is a Professional Geologist and Certified Engineering Geologist with over 30 years of practice and presently is the County of Ventura Geologist.  Mr. O’Tousa has specialized expertise with slope movement processes and erosion control.

Mr. O’Tousa earned his Bachelor of Science in Geology with a minor in biology from State University, Los Angeles, 1990) and Business Administration (California Lutheran University, 1998).  He is a Professional Geologist and Certified Engineering Geologist licensed in California and holds Certifications as a Green Belt Practitioner, Qualified Stormwater Designer/Practitioner (QSD/P), and Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC).

He has written and published articles regarding landslides (La Conchita and Flying Triangle) as well as geomorphology of alluvial fans.  In 2015, he was awarded the Engineering Manager of the Year award for the County of Ventura and in 2016 began serving as the County of Ventura Board of Supervisors representative on a technical advisory group with regards to sustainable groundwater management.

Mr. O’Tousa has worked both in the private and public sectors during his career including starting a consulting firm in the areas of civil and geotechnical engineering as well as geology and water conservation.  He has been consulting for the State of California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists since 2013.  Jim also has worked for the Moorpark School District since 2008 as a High School Track and Field Coach.

He lives in Moorpark, California with his spouse Marlene and has two daughters, Katie and Lindsey.  Marlene is a territory Manager for B. Braun Medical.  Katie attends Boise State University where she is completing her second bachelor’s degree in Biology (1st B.S., Psychology, 2015) and Lindsey attends University of Notre Dame Law school.