Huntington Beach

New mayor, pro tem on agenda

KIM CARR is the current mayor (OC Tribune photo).

If it’s December, it’s time for the changing of the guard on the Huntington Beach City Council.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the council will be selecting the new mayor for 2022 as well as appointing an interim city manager.

In Surf City, the mayor serves one-year terms and is not directly elected by the public but chosen from among members of the council. Kim Carr took over the gavel for 2021 and will – probably – turn it over to a council colleague.

Under a resolution adopted in 1991, the mayor pro tem – Barbara Delgleize – is in line to be the new chief elected official. She served as mayor in 2016. The councilmember with the longest consecutive council service is next in line to be mayor pro tem, a kind of vice mayor.

Councilmember Mike Posey and Delgleize were both elected in 2014.

However, the council is not bound to follow the process outlined in the 1991 resolution and can choose any amongst the council for those posts.

Additionally, the council will take up the appointment of an interim city manager. Oliver Chi, who has served as the city’s top appointed official, is leaving to take a similar post in Irvine.

The council will meet in person in the council chambers in the Civic Center and via teleconference. A closed session is scheduled for 4 p.m. with the regular session at 6 p.m. The Civic Center is located at 2000 Main St. (at Yorktown Avenue).


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