Long Beach will soon be on the hunt for a new leader for its Parks, Recreation and Marine Department.
Director Gerardo Mouet, who has held the job since last June, announced on Thursday, Dec. 5, that he will retire, effective Jan. 31.
“My announcement is bittersweet as I have really enjoyed serving this vibrant and diverse city, and being a part of a team that truly cares for the community,” Mouet said in a statement. “However, retirement will give me some quality time to take care of my health and spend more time with family.”
Acting City Manager Tom Modica said Mouet will be missed.
“Whether it’s moving forward with a new plan for compassionate animal care, opening a new playground or serving as a safe place for kids to go after school, Mr. Mouet has shown great leadership,” Modica said in a statement. “We are thankful for his service to Long Beach over this past year and a half.”
Long Beach will announce an interim director for the department ahead of Mouet’s departure.