City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 053014
Deputy City Manager to Serve as Acting Airport Director
Reginald “Reggie” Harrison, Deputy City Manager

Today, City Manager Patrick H. West appointed Deputy City Manager Reginald "Reggie" Harrison to the position of Acting Airport Director.  Mr. Harrison will serve as Acting Director while the City undertakes a nationwide search for a new Airport Director.  Mario Rodriguez, the City's former Airport Director, resigned from the City today to take a new job as Executive Director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority.  Mr. Rodriguez announced his resignation in April 2014.

“Reggie has a proven history of stepping in to provide management and leadership skills whenever necessary” said Mr. West.  “The Airport will be in good hands and continue to provide excellent service as we conduct our nationwide search.” 

Deputy City Manager Harrison has an extensive history with the City.  Mr. Harrison was appointed Deputy City Manager of the City of Long Beach in February 2001. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Harrison served as the City's Housing Authority Bureau Manager, Economic Development Bureau Manager and Acting Director of the Community Development Department. In 2009, the City Manager appointed him Acting Director of Development Services. Mr. Harrison currently oversees the Department of Emergency Communications and Disaster Preparedness.  Mr. Harrison also has the benefit of a 25-year military career; he is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, from the California Army National Guard.  Mr. Harrison has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and an undergraduate degree in Psychology. He resides in Long Beach, where he is an active participant in the community and a member of several boards and commissions. 

Mr. Harrison will continue his duties in overseeing the Department of Emergency Communications and Disaster Preparedness in addition to serving as Acting Airport Director.  The City expects to select an Airport Director before the end of the year.