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City Manager Appoints Linda F. Tatum as Assistant City Manager
Alejandra (Alex) Basquez
Department of Human Resources

Today, City Manager Tom Modica announced the appointment of Linda F. Tatum to the position of Assistant City Manager. The City Manager made the appointment after a recruitment effort and interviews with several candidates. Section 301 of the City Charter provides the authority for the City Manager to appoint an Assistant City Manager and is contingent upon confirmation by the City Council. The Council will consider confirmation of the appointment at a forthcoming meeting.

“Linda has been at the forefront of building great neighborhoods and places in our city that provide a high quality of life and support the diverse needs of our community,” said Modica. “Linda’s wealth of knowledge and thoughtful approach to leadership will help us navigate through challenging times and turn them into opportunity for our residents, businesses and workers.”

The Assistant City Manager supports the City Manager and various functions within the Office of the City Manager. Per the City Charter, the Assistant City Manager will be empowered to perform all duties of the City Manager in the event of the absence or disability of the City Manager.

Ms. Tatum is currently the Director of Development Services for the City of Long Beach, where she oversees Planning, Building Safety, Code Enforcement, Housing and Neighborhood Services as well as the Long Beach Community Investment Corporation (LBCIC), which provides funding for affordable housing development in the community. Some major accomplishments during her tenure in the Development Services department include:

  • Funding of hundreds of new affordable housing units throughout the city, through the LBCIC.
  • Unprecedented level of new development in Downtown Long Beach, including mixed use development and thousands of residential units, hotel rooms and commercial spaces.
  • City Council approval of the updated Land Use Element and Urban Design Elements which will guide the city’s physical development over the next 20 years.
  • Planning, entitlement and construction of the new Civic Center and entitlement of the private mid-block development.
  • Update to the Historic Preservation ordinance and restart of the City’s historic landmark designation and Mills Act contracts.
  • Development of new Midtown and Southeast Area Specific Plans.
  • Studies and plans for reuse of the former Boeing C-17 site as the Globemaster Corridor Specific Plan.

 “During my five years as part of the Long Beach family, I have seen how much can be accomplished when there is strong leadership and a dedicated team working together,” said Tatum. “I am excited for this opportunity to serve the City of Long Beach in the capacity of Assistant City Manager, and know that with community collaboration, hard work and sacrifice we can work through and overcome our current challenges and continue to build a great city.” 

 Ms. Tatum holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and has over 30 years of private and public sector planning experience. She started with the City of Long Beach as the Planning Bureau Manager in 2015 and was appointed as Director of Development Services in 2018. Prior to her service in Long Beach she served as the Acting Director of Economic and Community Development and Planning Manager for the City of Inglewood, where she managed redevelopment of the Forum and the Hollywood Park Tomorrow project, a 300-acre mixed use project that includes 3,000 residential units, 30 acres of parks, 600,000 sq. ft. of retail and a new state of the art 80,000-seat football stadium and arena.  She has also served the cities of Culver City and Santa Ana. 

Rebecca (Becky) Guzman Garner, who had been filling the role as Acting Assistant City Manager was not a candidate for the permanent position.

“I’d like to thank Becky for stepping up and doing a notable job during this time of transition,” said Modica. “She has been a tremendous help, especially as we work through these challenging times.”

The City Manager expects to announce appointments to several other key City positions as early as next week.

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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