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SCHIPSKE CALLS PERSONNEL COMMITTEE TO FACILITATE QUICK CONSIDERATION OF MAYOR’S PICK TO REPLACE PORT COMMISSIONER THOMAS FIELDS – Says important to put politics aside for the good of the City
Long Beach, CA, November 25, 2013 – Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, who chairs the Council Committee on Personnel and Civil Services today announced that she has scheduled a meeting on December 3rd in order to review Mayor Bob Foster’s recommendation for a replacement for Thomas Fields, who was removed by a 6-3 vote.
All City Charter Board and Commission appointments must go through the Council Committee which in turn makes its recommendation to the full Council.
Schipske, who voted against Fields’ removal, says she quickly scheduled a meeting of the Committee to facilitate the Mayor making an appointment before the end of the year. “It is important that everyone put politics aside for the good of the City and for the future of our Port,” adding that she has supported each and every appointment of Mayor Foster.
“While I strongly disagreed with the removal of Mr. Fields, I support our City Charter which gives the Mayor the right to make appointments and will continue to do so.”
Schipske says that the Council needs to also move expeditiously to confirm the commissioner appointment so that the Port can move forward on numerous important issues, including hiring a new Executive Director.