Mayor appoints Thomas Fields as new Harbor Commissioner for Port of LB

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thomas-fieldsLong Beach Mayor Bob Foster on Tuesday announced the appointment of advertising executive and former planning commissioner Thomas Fields to the Port of Long Beach’s Board of Harbor Commissioners.

If confirmed by the City Council, Fields would become the fifth and final member of the Port’s governing board, filling a position that was vacated when former board president James Hankla retired in the summer.

“I am honored to have been asked by Mayor Bob Foster to serve on the Harbor Commission,” Fields said. “This is a major responsibility and I look forward to fulfilling the trust placed in me by the Mayor.”

Fields, a Long Beach resident for more than 30 years, has served on the city’s Redevelopment Agency Board and the Planning Commission. He is founder and owner of Thomas Fields Associates, a marketing and advertising agency whose clients include 20th Century Fox, Hyundai, and the Long Beach Housing Development Company. Fields lives in the city’s Eighth Council District, and also serves as vice president on the board of directors for the charitable, non-profit Ronald McDonald House.

“I’m pleased to appoint Thomas Fields to the Harbor Commission,” Mayor Foster said.  “He has served on various City Commissions and committees for more than a decade.  He also has many years of business experience, which will be extremely useful when dealing with Port of Long Beach issues.”

The Port of Long Beach is governed by the City of Long Beach and its Charter. Under the Charter, the Board of Harbor Commissioners is responsible for setting policy for the Port and managing the Harbor Department. Commissioners can serve a maximum of two, six-year terms. They are paid $100 a meeting.

Fields’ appointment will be reviewed by the Personnel and Civil Service Committee and must be confirmed by the City Council.

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