Thursday, December 5, 2013

New Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Confirmed

On an 8-0 vote, the Long Beach, California City Council on Dec. 3 confirmed Lori Ann Farrell as the newest member of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. She takes the place of recently resigned commissioner Nick Sramek.

“I’m truly humbled by the opportunity,” Farrell said upon voted to the board.

Her confirmation now means there’s one open seat on the five-member panel, which oversees the Port of Long Beach. The lone vacancy is that of the seat formerly held by Thomas Fields, who was removed by the Council by a 6-3 vote on Nov. 19.

Fields, a Long Beach advertising executive and former city planning commissioner, was appointed to a six-year term on the Board by Mayor Bob Foster in December 2009, but it was Foster who, after a series of disagreements, recommended his removal last month.

Farrell has been the director of finance for the City of Huntington Beach since December 2010. Before that, she spent three years as Long Beach’s Chief Financial Officer, and was the city’s Controller from 2006-2008.

She previously worked for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney as a financial advisor, and also in financial roles for the city and state of New York.

Sramek, the man she replaces on the Harbor Board, spent nearly six-and-a-half years on the panel before resigning Nov. 21, citing fatigue.

The search is still on for someone to fill the remaining 18 months of Fields’ term; the mayor has said he hopes to nominate a candidate by the end of the year.