Jess Romo

Jess Romo outside the Long Beach Airport terminal.

Long Beach Airport Director Jess Romo will retire in January, the city announced Thursday, Dec. 6.

Romo served as director since 2016 and his last day will be Jan. 31. He oversaw infrastructure improvements at the airport, created a culture of inclusivity and transparency among staff, customers and residents, said City Manager Patrick West in a statement.

“It has been an honor to serve the residents of Long Beach by providing world-class service at one of the best airports in the country,” Romo said. I can’t thank the team here at LGB enough for the great work they do every day to provide a positive experience for customers and the surrounding community. I know that will continue well into the future.”

Before overseeing the Long Beach Airport, Romo spent 19 years with Los Angeles World Airports during his 28-year career with the city of Los Angeles. When he came to Long Beach, some of the projects he oversaw included terminal area improvement to improve customer experience, reconstruction of the airport’s busiest runaway, and modernizing the ground transportation program.

A national search for the next Long Beach Airport director will start immediately, according to the city. An interim director has not been announced yet.

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