New LB councilmembers confirm numerous staff changes

CJ Dablo
Staff Writer

With every new Long Beach administration, there are inevitable staff changes. Such was the case this week, as several former Long Beach city councilmembers finished their terms and incoming elected officials took office.
Many staff members continue to work for the City of Long Beach and merely transferred to another department. A couple of individuals maintained their positions and still serve their respective district office in the same capacity. Others have left the employment of the City. (Some information below is based on the respective department’s web pages before and after the change in leadership, and most of the incoming city officials have confirmed the names and titles of their staff.)

Mayor’s office The staff that served under former Mayor Bob Foster included Becki Ames and Stacey Ann Fong Toda. Incoming Mayor Robert Garcia has so far named the following individuals to his staff on his web page: Mark Taylor, Sharon Weissman, Isaac Romero, Devin Cotter and Daniel Brezenoff. Official titles for these individuals were not available by press time.

1st District The staff that served under former Vice Mayor and Councilmember Robert Garcia included: Lena Gonzalez, field deputy; Isaac Romero, assistant field deputy; and Stefan Borst-Censullo, an aide. Gonzalez is now the district’s new councilmember. She has named the following individuals to her staff: Silissa Uriarte Smith, chief of staff; Stefan Borst-Censullo, legislative director; Francisco Davila, field deputy; and Abigail Mejia, administrative aide.

3rd District The staff who served under former Councilmember Gary DeLong included: Anne Cramer, chief of staff; Cynthia Valencia, legislative assistant; and Julie Maleki, administrative analyst. Incoming Councilmember Suzie Price has chosen the following individuals for her staff: Julie Maleki, chief of staff; Kristina Duggan, field deputy; Antonella Schaub, communications director; and Ricky Dockery, business liaison.

5th District The staff that served under former Councilmember Gerrie Schipske included Misha Houser, communications specialist; Haley Mizushima, project coordinator; Byron Brno, scheduler; and Starna Do, administrative assistant. Incoming Councilmember Stacy Mungo has selected the following individuals for her staff: former 7th District staffer Michael Clements, chief of staff; Allison Anderson, field deputy; and Heidi Wiersma, field-office coordinator.

7th District The staff that served under former Councilmember James Johnson included Michael Clements, chief of staff; Jerry Caligiuri, senior field deputy; and Mary Sramek, field deputy. Incoming Councilmember Roberto Uranga has chosen Ray R. Pok (who served on Uranga’s wife Tonia Reyes-Uranga’s staff when she was 7th District councilmember) as his chief of staff and Cynthia Valencia as legislative assistant.

9th District The staff that served under former Councilmember Steven Neal included: Rex Richardson, chief of staff; Kari Faithful, office manager/scheduler; Marina Escobedo, field deputy; and John Comfort, communications coordinator. Richardson is now the district’s new councilmember. He has chosen Shawna Stevens as chief of staff, Ted Williams as strategic-initiatives and communications coordinator, Marina Escobedo as field deputy and John Comfort as special assistant for education and youth services.

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