Long Beach City Manager Patrick H. West Stepping Down
After 12 years, Long Beach City Manager Patrick H. West is hanging up his hat. He’s going back into private practice as a management consultant, the Long Beach Post reports. His last day is Sept. 20.
West first came to the city in 2005 when he was hired as head of the Redevelopment Agency and as Director of Community Development. He’d been the city manager of Paramount before that.
There were numerous accomplishments during his tenure in Long Beach, including a completely revamped Promenade and two new libraries.
“We’ve bridged the digital divide,” West told the Post. “We’ve changed the city’s skyline, we’ve made the city’s beaches cleaner, we’ve made the city more walkable, more bikeable, more liveable.”
The decision to leave now is entirely a matter of timing, West said.
“I’m calling it quits, man, but I just want to avoid the term ‘retirement’. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. It just came together today. It’s just good timing for me.”
Mayor Robert Garcia expressed his gratitude for the years of leadership West had shown his city.
The City Council will meet Tuesday to discuss plans for a replacement.