City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach Airport Director Jess Romo to Retire
Alejandra (Alex) Basquez
Department of Human Resources

The City of Long Beach announced today the retirement of Long Beach Airport (LGB) Director Jess L. Romo, A.A.E. Mr. Romo has served as director of the Long Beach Airport since 2016. Prior to overseeing and guiding all activities at LGB, he spent 19 years with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) during his 28-year career with the City of Los Angeles.

“Jess led the Long Beach Airport with great professionalism and integrity, and he will be missed,” said City Manager Patrick H. West. “He oversaw the advancements of huge infrastructure improvements at LGB, and created a culture of inclusivity and transparency among staff, customers and Long Beach residents. We thank him for his service, and wish him the best in his retirement.”

During his time with LGB, Mr. Romo oversaw the progress or completion of major projects and initiatives, such as: Phase II Terminal Area Improvement project, a $65.2 million capital project that will improve functionality of terminal facilities, create welcoming community engagement and hospitality spaces in pre-screening areas and improve the customer experience; reconstruction of Runway 8R-26L, a $16 million capital project to rehabilitate the airport’s busiest runway, which was completed on time and on budget; and the implementation of a modernized, commercial ground transportation program to improve access and traffic flow and to yield greatly improved cost recovery highlighted by an annual revenue increase of over $1.2 million.

“It has been an honor to serve the residents of Long Beach by providing world-class service at one of the best airports in the country,” said Romo. I can’t thank the team here at LGB enough for the great work they do every day to provide a positive experience for customers and the surrounding community. I know that will continue well into the future. I’d also like to thank the Mayor, City Council, the City Manager and my colleagues across City departments for their leadership.”

Mr. Romo’s last day with the City will be January 31, 2019. A national search for the next Long Beach Airport director will commence immediately, and an announcement regarding an interim director is forthcoming.

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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