City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 060920
Public Works Director Craig Beck to Retire
Alejandra (Alex) Basquez
Department of Human Resources

The City of Long Beach announced today the retirement of Public Works Director Craig Beck. Beck joined the City nearly 34 years ago, on July 8, 1986.

“Craig’s legacy is all around us in this city, from our modern Civic Center to new developments across Long Beach and our oceanfront development,” said City Manager Tom Modica. “We are grateful for Craig’s passion to serve and for the innovative changes he delivered to the Long Beach community.”

Beck’s first job in the City was as a Communications Dispatcher in the Fire Department answering 9-1-1 calls. He then transitioned over to Community Development,
delivering services to low-income residents and supporting community non-profit organizations after the 1992 Civil Unrest in Long Beach. Later, Beck oversaw the City’s Community Development Block Grant funds and the $40M loan the City received for the development of Queensway Bay and The Pike. Beck oversaw the Community Development budget and later implemented the purchase of several pieces of property that became part of the City’s current and future development.

As Director of Development Services, Beck negotiated the Long Beach Courthouse and City Hall land deals, ultimately securing their future development. While at the Long Beach Gas and Oil Department, now Energy Resources, he was instrumental in adding technology and implementing the Automatic Meter Reading. As Public Works Director, Beck created a culture of customer-focused service delivery. He also served as Project Director for the Civic Center, which includes the new City Hall, Port Administration building and Billie Jean King Main Library.

“In my career I have had the privilege to work with a number of talented and motivated people who, every day, put their energies into making Long Beach a better place to live, work and play.” said Beck. “They have taught me, mentored me and inspired me to live up to their standard of dedication. I will miss the shared experience of being part of the City’s leadership team, but also confident in the remarkable people who work every day to make Long Beach a great City.”

Beck’s last day with the City will be July 7, 2020. The City Manager will be conducting an internal recruitment for the next Public Works Director and is expected to announce the new Public Works Director prior to Beck’s departure.

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. 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, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths and a Bike Share program.

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