Long Beach City Council Appoints New City Manager (& A little bit about Jack)

The following was provided by the City of Long Beach media relations. Instead of rewriting what they sent me and pretending that it’s mine, I’ll just do a little copy and paste and let you read it yourself. I mean, isn’t that what we all do anyways? Might has well get it from the source instead of reading my rewrite. From the City of Long Beach:

January 3rd, 2012

Long Beach City Council Appoints New City Manager 

Long Beach, NY – At 9am this morning, the Long Beach City Council unanimously voted to appoint Jack Schnirman as the new Long Beach City Manager. Mr. Schnirman (bio and headshot attached) pledged to implement the City Council’s reform agenda of saving taxpayer dollars through efficient, accountable, and accessible government.

City Manager Schnirman will spend his first official day in office meeting the City’s workers, meeting with department heads, observing various agency operations and meeting with constituents throughout the city.

“After an exhaustive search, the City Council had made an informed decision, and we have full confidence in Jack’s abilities, to lead the new administration in the right direction,“ said incoming City Council President Fran Adelson.

City Councilman Len Torres said “The leadership insight we expected to see from Jack is already showing at this early stage. He is thorough in his analysis and we fully support his vision for our future.”

City Councilman Mike Fagen highlighted the fact that Jack is taking a 5% pay cut from the salary that his predecessor received from the City. “This is a gesture that emphasizes the need for fiscal responsibility,” Fagan said.

City Councilman Scott Mandel summarized the group’s thoughts by stating “Jack is an exceptional individual, and we truly look forward to working with him.”

“I’m looking forward to working with the Council and, especially, Jack for the next two years,” said Councilman McLaughlin. “I feel that if we are proactive in our efforts, we can overcome the current fiscal conditions that not only affect Long Beach but the County, State and National government. This can be accomplished if we as a Council and a City give our City Manager the trust and confidence to make the right decisions for our City as we forward toward a brighter future. I would ask that he be given our full support.”

 “The new Long Beach City Council has asked me to focus on implementing their reform agenda, and it starts Day 1 by teaming with the City’s workers to hit the ground running,” said Schnirman.  “We have inherited an urgent fiscal crisis – we can and we must join together to put Long Beach’s finances on the road to recovery.”

Other Day 1 events from City Manager Schnirman’s included Intergovernmental outreach, preparing new cost saving and accountability directives, and touring City facilities.

About Jack Schnirman

Jack Schnirman has most recently been Vice President of Management Consulting at Bowne Management Systems, focused on helping local governments and non-profit organizations improve operations, efficiency, and effectiveness.

 Prior to joining Bowne, he served as Chief Deputy Supervisor in Brookhaven, New York State’slargest Township. He managed a new municipal administration from start-up phase; aggressively executing a plan and agenda. As Transition Director, he was ‘first-in,’ building a transition team, conducting the hiring process, and implementing a roll-out plan to execute a successful leadership change in a government that had been riddled by decades of corruption and mismanagement. As Chief Deputy Supervisor, he supervised the day-to-day operations of approximately 1200 workers across a government whose total budget approached $300 million. He implemented innovative reforms including a 311-style non-emergency hotline which enables constituents to dial one phone number for all town services, and ServiceStat, a nationally recognized performance management and accountability initiative that saved over $2 million dollars in its first term while eliminating waste.

In Brookhaven, Mr. Schnirman and his budget team instituted strict internal spending controls and eliminated $15.3 million in inherited deficits, placed the Town on solid fiscal footing, and insured good bond ratings from Wall Street and lower interest payments for taxpayers.

Previously, he has served in the nonprofit sector as part of the founding team of United Leaders, a fellowship which mobilized young people into public service, as Deputy Press Secretary to US Senator John Kerry, as a member of US Senator Frank Lautenberg’s legislative staff, and as a member of the National Environmental Trust’s media team, attending the UN Climate Change negotiations in Bonn, Germany.

Mr. Schnirman serves as a career advisor to the NYU Wagner School of Public Service’s Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service. He is also a board member of the New York League of Conservation Voters Long Island Chapter as well as the New Leaders Council, serving as co-chair of the New Leaders Council New York Fellowship’s Curriculum Committee.

Mr. Schnirman holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a BA in International Relations from Tufts University.

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3 thoughts on “Long Beach City Council Appoints New City Manager (& A little bit about Jack)”

  1. I actually thought this release was terrific. I’m impressed that they submitted it to this site as well. Seems like a step in the right direction to me.

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