Less than a week after City Council voted 6-3 to dismiss Board of Harbor Commissioner President Thomas Fields and Commissioner Nick Sramek unexpectedly resigned, Mayor Bob Foster has announced that he has appointed former city finance worker Lori Ann Farrell to the Board.
“I’m pleased to appoint Lori Ann Farrell to the Harbor Commission,” said Mayor Foster in a statement. “Lori Ann is the ideal candidate who demonstrated financial discipline while she served as the City of Long Beach Chief Financial Officer. I’m confident that she will serve the Harbor Commission well during a time when the Harbor Department will be going through several new changes.”
Farrell is no stranger to working on the City level within Long Beach. Besides her previous CFO position, the 5th District resident also served for five years as City Controller. She currently serves on the Long Beach Transit (LBT) board as Secretary/Treasurer, where she has gained recognition as only one of two boardmembers (joining Boardmember Maricela De Rivera) to vocally critize the LBT’s choice of BYD Motors for the transit company’s electric bus procurement contract. Farrell currently serves as the Director of Finance for the City of Huntington Beach.
The appointment is meant to fill one of two open vacancies on the Harbor board, but will first require review from the Personnel and Civil Service Committee at its upcoming December 3 meeting, followed by a majority of City Council approval.
Mayor Foster has not commented on who he will appoint to fill the other Harbor Commission vacancy.
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