Huntington Beach Assistant City Manager, Lori Ann Farrell Harrison, has been offered the City Manager position in Costa Mesa. The Costa Mesa City Council plans to vote on the employment contract at next Tuesday’s City Council meeting on May 7, 2019.
“Lori Ann has proven to be a true asset and important resource to the City of Huntington Beach,” said City Manager Fred A. Wilson. “She joined the city in a challenging time, and over the past nine years, has demonstrated excellent leadership and management skills. I congratulate her on this great opportunity, and know she will do an outstanding job in her new role as the City Manager of Costa Mesa.”
Farrell Harrison joined the City of Huntington Beach nine years ago as its Chief Financial Officer and was appointed Assistant City Manager in 2017. She has 28 years of management experience in both the public and private sectors. She currently also serves on the Board of Harbor Commissioners for the Port of Long Beach, the second largest container port in the nation responsible for $180 billion in international trade.
“It is an extraordinary honor and privilege to be offered the position of City Manager for the City of Costa Mesa. I am excited about the opportunity to lead such an excellent organization under the direction of Mayor Foley and the City Council. Costa Mesa has been a great neighbor to the City of Huntington Beach, so I look forward to building an even stronger relationship between our two cities to better address the challenges Orange County cities face.”
Upon the retirement of Huntington Beach City Manager, Fred Wilson, Lori Ann will begin serving as the Interim City Manager in Huntington Beach on May 13, 2019, until a new Interim City Manager is named. The City of Huntington Beach will conduct a national recruitment, and the City Council hopes to have all interviews completed and a new City Manager appointed by this summer.
“I am honored to assist the City Council during this time of transition. Leaving Huntington Beach is bittersweet for me as I have many colleagues here that are dear to me, but I am confident that the City will forge ahead on solid ground and continue to achieve great things in the months and years to come.”
“Lori Ann has served the City of Huntington Beach very well for nearly a decade. The City Council and I look forward to working with her during this time of transition. Together will we will continue to make the residents and businesses of our City our top priority,” said Mayor Erik Peterson.