Interim Long Beach City Manager Tom Modica gets job on permanent basis

Thomas B. Modica was appointed as Long Beach’s city manager Tuesday, April 14 after filling the role on an interim basis since September.

The City Council voted unanimously to appoint Modica to replace Patrick H. West, who resigned at age 65, intending to working in the private sector as a management consultant.

Modica started working for Long Beach as a management assistant in 2002, later becoming director of government affairs and strategic initiatives, deputy city manager and assistant city manager, according to biographical information provided by the city.

“Through his leadership, Modica has guided the city through some of the city’s most significant projects, initiatives and issues in recent history,” said Kevin Lee, the chief public affairs officer for the Office of the City Manager.

“He has been instrumental in the city’s financial planning and budgeting, as well as coordination of housing policies including affordable housing, tenant assistance, short term rentals, and coordination of major innovative policies regarding homelessness.”

Modica also led efforts for the implementation of the Long Beach Civic Center project, the city’s $150 million infrastructure investment plan and oversight of the $120 million the city received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

City officials used a national executive search firm and conducted extensive interviews to fill the vacancy, Lee said.

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