Jim Katapodis has been a Huntington Beach resident since 1989. Jim is married; has four children and four grandchildren.
Jim retired as a Sergeant II from the Los Angeles Police Department after 35 years of service. He is recognized by the Federal and Superior Courts as an expert witness on Police Practices & Procedures and Use of Force. Jim has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Management and a Master's of Science in Organizational Leadership. He is an Adjunct Faculty at Union Institute & University, Woodbury University, and Palomar College.
In addition to his duties as Mayor, Jim serves as a Board Director for the Orange County Transportation Authority (Vice-Chair of Finance and Administration), Board Director for the Orange County Sanitation District, Board Director of the LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency, Regional Council Member of the Southern California Association of Governments, Board Director for the Orange County Council of Governments, and Board Director for the League of California Cities.
As a Council Member, Jim is liaison to the Human Relations Task Force, Youth Board, Intergovernmental Relations, and the Sister City Association.
Involved in the local community, Jim is a Board Director of the Amigos de Bolsa Chica and the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington Valley.
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