Long Beach City Manager Patrick H. West Monday announced he will be leaving his post for a private sector job.

West was appointed as city manager by the Long Beach City Council in 2007 and has served the city for 13 years, previously as executive director of the Redevelopment Agency. Before that, he was the community development director for the city of Paramount, where he worked for a quarter-century.

Of his time with the city of Long Beach, West said, “Being a part of this great diverse city has been an honor for me. I have seen so much positive change and innovation in the last decade, and it amazes me how much is being accomplished every day… I’m excited to step aside and make way for new leadership, and to take the next step in my own career.”

West’s last day with the city will be Sept. 20.

About West’s move to the private sector, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said, “I can’t thank Pat enough for his extraordinary leadership and friendship. He truly cares for our city and has built a dynamic team who are working to make our city better every day. We will miss him but are excited to see him continue his career in new and exciting ways.”

The Long Beach City Council soon will schedule a closed session meeting to discuss next steps in filling the position.

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