City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 101119
City Seeks Community Input on City Manager Recruitment
Charles Parkin
City Attorney
(562) 570- 2295

People who live, work or use services in the City of Long Beach are invited by the Mayor and City Council to provide feedback on what qualities they think the next City Manager should possess. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and serves as the chief executive of the City.

“Selecting a City Manager is an incredibly important decision and we want to ensure that our community has a voice in the process,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We encourage residents and local stakeholders to take the online survey and or join us at one of our community forums.”

Following the retirement of the previous City Manager, the Long Beach City Council has hired The Hawkins Company to conduct a national executive search as part of the process of hiring a new City Manager. As part of the process, the City and The Hawkins Company are asking for community input via this brief, six-question survey about the desired qualifications and attributes for the next City Manager. Responses will help identify appropriate candidates as the search is conducted. This survey is available in English, Spanish, Tagalog, and Khmer. It will be open until October 31, 2019. All responses will be anonymous.

In addition to the survey, the public is also invited to participate in any or all of the following community meetings. The purpose of the meetings is to provide the public with more information about the role of the City Manager and to learn more about what community members are looking for in the next Long Beach City Manager. Meetings will take place on the following days:

  • Thursday, October 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library (5870 Atlantic Ave.)
  • Saturday, October 19, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Whaley Park (5620 E. Atherton St.)
  • Wednesday, October 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Billie Jean King Main Library (200 W. Broadway; please use the Pacific Avenue entrance)

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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