PRESS RELEASE

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

1/31/2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:013119B
Subject:
City Announces Claudia Lewis as Interim Airport Director
Contact:
Kevin Lee
Public Affairs Officer
City Manager’s Office
562.570.6811
Kevin.Lee@longbeach.gov





Today, Long Beach City Manager, Patrick H. West, named Claudia Lewis as the interim Long Beach Airport (LGB) Director, effective immediately. The City is conducting a national recruitment for the next Airport Director.

“Claudia already oversees a great deal at the Airport, and will do a fantastic job as interim director,” said City Manager Patrick H. West. “Throughout the years, she has contributed to the successes of several City departments and has been integral to the many positive changes we have seen at the Airport over the last decade.”

Ms. Lewis has been working at the Long Beach Airport since 2008. Her most current role as the Manager of Finance and Administration has her overseeing Public Affairs, Government Relations, Finance, Accounting, Revenue Development, Audit, Risk Management and Personnel/Human Resources for the Airport. Ms. Lewis has worked for the City of Long Beach for over 20 years, and has held positions in several departments, including Public Works, Water, Civil Service, Police and the Port of Long Beach. Ms. Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Business Administration.  She is also an accredited member of the American Association of Airport Executives. Ms. Lewis will not be a candidate for the Airport Director position.

On December 6, 2018, the City announced that Jess Romo, current Airport Director, would be retiring. His last day with the City is today, January 31.

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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About Long Beach Airport

Founded in 1923 as the first municipally-owned airport in California, Long Beach Airport (LGB) completed a revitalization in 2012 to update its facilities. A new passenger concourse opened to the public and has since garnered extensive praise for its modern design and architecture, local eateries and easygoing travel experience. Recently, Sunset magazine awarded LGB with a Best of 2017 Travel Award. In addition, USA Today and 10Best.com recognized LGB for Best Airport Dining in their Readers Choice poll. LGB offers non-stop service to several U.S. cities while supporting a healthy general aviation community with over 260,000 annual operations. The airport is also a source of substantial economic activity and employment. Long Beach Airport and its tenants generate more than $10 billion and 45,000 jobs in total economic activity to the Long Beach region with an additional $1.1 billion in tax revenue at the federal, state, and local levels. Long Beach Airport prides itself in maintaining a safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible operation. For more news, pictures, videos, and announcements of what's happening, "Like" us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @LBAirport and Instagram @lgbairport.