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New Leadership at City Hall

Release Date: 2014-12-05

Please join me in welcoming eight outstanding leaders to new positions in the City of Long Beach. These recently appointed individuals are great examples of the skilled and committed leaders who are moving our city forward. Six have been part of the City’s leadership for many years, and recently moved to new positions. Two are new to our City, and I want to warmly welcome them to Long Beach. I have complete confidence that they will do outstanding work on behalf of the City.

Robert Luna – Chief of Police

After serving 29 years in almost every area of the Long Beach Police Department, Chief Luna will be the 26th Long Beach Police Chief. With a well-deserved reputation for community engagement, integrity, and devotion as a public servant, as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cal State Long Beach, Chief Luna is the ideal person to lead the LBPD.

Chief Luna replaces Jim McDonnell, who was recently sworn in as LA County Sheriff, and we congratulate them both.

Tom Modica – Assistant City Manager

After 12 years working at City Hall in various management positions, Mr. Modica has stepped into the number two spot in the City Manager’s office, where he will play an important role in almost everything the City does, including capital improvements, daily operations, management of staff, and working closely with my office and the City Council. Tom has done a great job as a Deputy City Manager, and his intelligence, hard work, and dedication to Long Beach are outstanding.

Mr. Modica replaces Suzanne Frick, who left Long Beach to become the City Administrator in Ketchum, Idaho.

Arturo Sanchez – Deputy City Manager

Mr. Sanchez comes to us from Oakland, where he oversaw police, parks and recreation, human services, building and planning, libraries, and nuisance abatement departments. He holds a law degree and is known for his great analytic skills and community relationships. He will come on board in February, filling Tom Modica’s previous position.

Reggie Harrison – Director of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications

Mr. Harrison has served as Deputy City Manager and recently Interim Airport Director. He’s been promoted to a newly created role, part of the City’s efforts to ensure public safety and smooth operations under any eventuality, such as an earthquake or other natural disaster. Mr. Harrison has led two important studies on emergency preparedness and communication in Long Beach, and oversaw our $9 million dollar homeland security grant. He’s a great leader for this new role.

Bryant L. Francis – Airport Director

Bryant Francis comes to Long Beach from Shreveport, Louisiana, where he was Airport Director for 2 years. He has more than 18 years of experience in aviation management, and brings the skills and commitment needed to oversee our award-winning airport.

Mr. Francis replaces Mario Rodriguez, who is now Executive Director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority.

Gonzalo Medina – Marine Safety Chief

Chief Medina will lead our lifeguards, marine rescue teams and beach safety operations. He has a tremendous amount of experience in the Long Beach Fire Department, serving as marine safety beach sergeant, dive team supervisor, administrative marine safety captain and acting marine safety chief, and supervising the probationary officer training program and lifeguard cadet training program.

He’s also a lifelong Long Beach resident. He replaces Randy Foster, who retired this week.

Elvira Hallinan – Marine Operations Manager

Ms. Hallinan first worked for our Parks, Recreation and Marine Department in 1989, and has been Interim Marine Operations Manager for more than a year. She has a great record of skilled public service, and I’m confident she’ll continue to be a great leader, supervising the nation’s largest municipal marina.

Sharon Weissman – Acting Chief of Staff for Council District Four

Patrick O’Donnell recently resigned his position as Fourth District Councilmember to represent the 70th District in the State Assembly, leaving his office vacant until a special election is held next year. I have appointed my former Chief of Staff and current Senior Advisor Sharon Weissman to serve as Acting Chief of Staff for the Fourth District. Sharon has lived in Long Beach for more than 30 years, and is an incredibly experienced public servant, having worked at City hall and for Sacramento legislators for many years. I know she’ll ensure that Fourth District residents continue to get the high level of service they are accustomed to. And I want to congratulate Assemblymember O’Donnell and wish him the best.

I’m proud of these leaders and proud of our City.