City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

Linda F. Tatum, FAICP, Named Director of Long Beach Development Services Department
Kevin Lee
Public Affairs Officer
City Manager’s Office

Today, City Manager Patrick H. West named Linda F. Tatum, FAICP, as the City’s Director of Development Services. Ms. Tatum brings more than 34 years of professional experience in urban planning, and economic and community development. 

Ms. Tatum has served as the City’s Planning Bureau Manager since March 2015. During her tenure, she has directed, and was an integral participant in, numerous key City projects, such as: the Midtown and Southeast Area specific plans; the planning, design, and entitlement for the new Long Beach Civic Center; and the implementation of the Mobility Element with adoption of a new Bicycle Master Plan, Downtown and Transit-Oriented Development Pedestrian Master Plan, and Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention (CX3) Plan that coordinates health and safe routes to school.

“Ms. Tatum brings a wealth of professional expertise and management experience having served in leadership roles at various agencies and the private sector,” said Mr. West. “She will ensure that Long Beach Development Services continues to provide excellent customer service to create top quality communities and neighborhoods.”

The Development Services department is comprised of 180 staff members with a budget of over $118 million that provides planning, building and safety (inspection and permit), code enforcement, housing and neighborhood services. 

“I’m thrilled to be able to lead and contribute to the ongoing, forward-thinking planning and development efforts in our City,” said Ms. Tatum. “We have many great projects and improvements underway, and more on the horizon that we can be proud of.”

Prior to joining the City of Long Beach, Ms. Tatum served as the Acting Director of Economic and Community Development Department with the City of Inglewood where she oversaw the Successor Agency, Planning, Building Safety, and Code Enforcement and Housing Divisions.  She also has prior experience in the City of Culver City and City of Santa Ana, as well as private sector experience in urban planning. 

Ms. Tatum is replacing Tom Modica, who filled the position on an interim basis.  Mr. Modica will resume his position as Assistant City Manager. 

Ms. Tatum holds a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government both from Florida State University. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and was recently elected as a Fellow, the highest honor bestowed upon members.

Ms. Tatum’s appointment will be effective April 28, 2018. 

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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