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Mayor Robert Garcia’s Deputy Chief of Staff Daniel Brezenoff will be leaving Garcia’s administration for a new, as yet revealed opportunity, he announced today.
Brezenoff has served as Garcia’s deputy, with a focus on communications and media, city council meetings and presentations, since Garcia assumed office in July 2014. He was first hired by Garcia in 2009, after he was elected to the Long Beach City Council. Brezenoff is a licensed social worker.
“I have worked with Robert at City Hall for 6 of the last 7 years and to say I’m grateful for the opportunity would be a dramatic understatement,” said Brezenoff in a Facebook post. “It’s been life-changing, and I’m so, so proud of the work we’ve done.”
Brezenoff helped oversee many of the achievements of Garcia’s administration to date, including an increasing in youth internship positions, commitment to climate change and more, continually communicating the mayor’s objectives and accomplishments to the local press.
Originally from Roslyn Heights, New York, Brezenoff praised his adopted city and diverse city council.
“I love my adopted home city of Long Beach. And I’ve never been more grateful to live here as over the past week. Long Beach is Strong Beach!” Brezenoff stated. “I have to give a shout out to the awesome City Council we have – progressive, diverse, passionate, smart, good people on there! So glad I’ve had the chance to work with you all – and with the great staffers up here on the 14th, many of whom have become my good friends over the years, and all of whom have been fantastic colleagues to work with.”
Garcia and Chief of Staff Mark Taylor took time to wish Brezenoff well on Facebook.
"Daniel is my longest serving staff member and he will be greatly missed," said Garcia in a post. "I am so proud of him and am his biggest cheerleader as he starts his new adventure. I love him and his family tons. Friends forever! Good luck Danny."
"It has been a pleasure to work with and to get to know you over the last 2+ years Daniel," said Taylor. "You helped make our office a success and will be missed. I thank you and wish you well on this new chapter in your life - trust you will continue to fight for the values we share."
Brezenoff profusely thanked the mayor and city staff, and promised to divulge more regarding his next endeavor soon.
“I can’t say more right now about exactly what’s happening, but if all goes as planned, you will hear about it very soon,” he stated. “Trusted advisers are optimistic! It’s gonna be a ride!”
Above, left: File photo.