LB Civil Service Commission elects new officers

<strong>Officers recently elected to the Long Beach Civil Service Commission are (from top left clockwise): Larry Keller, vice president; Jonathan Gotz; Charles Hicks Jr., president; Jeanne Karatsu; and Carolyn Smith-Watts.</strong>

Officers recently elected to the Long Beach Civil Service Commission are (from top left clockwise): Larry Keller, vice president; Jonathan Gotz; Charles Hicks Jr., president; Jeanne Karatsu; and Carolyn Smith-Watts.


The election of Long Beach Civil Service Commission officers was conducted on April 17, according to Mario R. Beas, executive director of the commission. Unanimously elected were Charles Hicks Jr., as president and Larry Keller as vice president. Other members of the commission are Jeanne Karatsu, Carolyn Smith Watts and Jonathan Gotz.
Hicks is an active attorney with a law office located in Los Alamitos. In addition, he serves as the vice dean of Pacific Coast University, School of Law– a Long Beach-based law school. He retired from the United States Naval Reserves in 1996 and the Federal Aviation Administration in 2006. Hicks has been a resident of Long Beach for more than 12 years and joined the Commission in 2010.
Keller is a transportation-management professional who has made a career in the port and ocean-shipping sectors. He is currently an independent transportation consultant specializing in ports, international distribution and shipping. From 1996 to 2004, he served first as chief operating officer and then CEO of the Port of Los Angeles, where he undertook and completed major engineering, marketing and environmental initiatives. During that period, he was a board member of the Alameda Corridor Project and helped to guide its construction and start-up phases. Prior to his arrival at the Port, Keller held a 21-year career in the container-shipping business as an executive with Maersk Line, where he held a variety of managerial positions on the east coast, Gulf and west coast. Keller is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in anthropology.
The Long Beach Civil Service Commission is charged under the City Charter to set policy and to oversee the administration of the City of Long Beach merit system and the Civil Service Rules and Regulations, which govern all classified City positions. The commission also hears appeals of City employees who have been disciplined. Commission members are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council to serve staggered terms of four years.
The Commission meets at 8am on the first and third Wednesday of each month, on the 7th Floor of City Hall, 333 West Ocean Blvd. Meetings are open to the public.

Source: City of LB

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