PRESS RELEASE

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

9/23/2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 092319
Subject:
Acting City Manager Tom Modica Announces Leadership Team
Includes Additional Deputy City Manager to Focus on Homelessness
Contact:
Kevin Lee
Chief Public Affairs Officer
City Manager’s Office
562.570.6811
Kevin.Lee@longbeach.gov




Tom Modica, Acting City Manager for the City of Long Beach, has announced his leadership team, which is effective immediately.

“My goal with this leadership team in place is to continue the excellent work the City is already doing, while elevating key priorities,” said Modica. “This team will lead innovative initiatives that have a direct and positive impact on our community.”

Rebecca Guzman Garner will serve as Acting Assistant City Manager, filling the role vacated by Modica. Garner has been with the City of Long Beach for 29 years. She has worked in many City departments, including Public Works, Financial Management and the Police Department. For the past 19 years, she has been part of the City’s Executive Management Team, most recently as the Administrative Deputy to the City Manager, where she worked closely with the Mayor and City Council and City management on all aspects of the City's governance. Garner will assist the Acting City Manager with overseeing City departments and with implementing policies that have been adopted by the Mayor and City Council.

“I am truly honored and humbled to have been asked by the Acting City Manager to fill this role,” said Garner. “I am looking forward to using the experience I've gained working for the City, including working in public safety, enterprise, general operations and support departments, to provide continuity of leadership.”

Kevin Jackson will continue to serve as Deputy City Manager, a role to which he was appointed in 2017. Jackson will continue to oversee the Office of Governmental Affairs, the Citizen’s Police Complaint Commission and initiatives including water quality, transportation, grant development and state and regional funding issues and other areas. This position is the lead on the extensive Census 2020 efforts, overseeing the planning, implementation, stakeholder engagement and outreach. In connection with the Census, Jackson will also oversee the redistricting efforts for Long Beach. This position will now take on the many sustainability initiatives the City conducts. Jackson previously held management positions for the City of Champaign, Illinois, the City of Glendale, Arizona, and the City of Phoenix.

“Our work relies on the strength and expertise of all of our employees, and I’m proud to be a part of the leadership team that is steering the ship in a great direction,” said Jackson. We are a team that cares about the entire community and uses thoughtful approaches to solve big issues.”

Teresa Chandler will serve as an Interim Deputy City Manager, elevating the City’s coordination of efforts related to homelessness, violence prevention, youth development and other areas. She will assist in innovation delivery, guiding projects related to eliminating homelessness and plan for future funding related to these and other areas of need. Chandler has worked for the City of Long Beach since 2015. Since she has been with the Health and Human Services Department, she has served as the City’s Homeless Services Officer and soon after as the Human Services Bureau Manager. Chandler has been responsible for the day-to-day management of two Divisions; Homeless Services and Community Impact, which includes the Center for Families and Youth, the City’s Safe Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan, the Long Beach My Brother’s Keeper Initiative and Human Trafficking and Prevention programming. Chandler has more than 20 years of management experience in both public and nonprofit organization settings.

“I’m excited to step into a new role in the City Manager’s Office and be a part of this dynamic team,” said Chandler. “The forward-thinking work the City is doing around homelessness is fantastic, and I’ll be working with all of our City departments to discover even more innovative solutions.”

“This team that has been assembled has a great wealth of knowledge and the passion and expertise to do what is best for the Long Beach community,” said Modica. “The team brings additional focus on the City’s top priorities, the pressing matters that affect the entire city, including the critical issue of homelessness. Through innovation, project delivery and the development of new approaches, we will take on crucial issues and move the dial on key projects and initiatives.”

Pursuant to the City charter, Modica was appointed Acting City Manager on September 21, 2019, following the departure of longtime City Manager Patrick H. West. He has worked for the City of Long Beach since 2002, starting as a Management Assistant, and has served in a number of different roles in the City including Assistant to the City Manager, Government Affairs Manager, Director of Government Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, Deputy City Manager and Acting Director of Development Services. He was appointed Assistant City Manager in 2014, where he was responsible for assisting the City Manager in operating the municipal enterprise, including oversight of City departments and leading special projects required to facilitate citywide priorities, programs and initiatives. He lives in Long Beach with his family.

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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