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Long Beach is on the lookout for a new city manager — and the city wants community input.

Following last month’s departure of Pat West, who left the city’s top job after 12 years, officials announced Friday, Oct. 11, that Long Beach is conducting a public survey and will hold three community meetings to find out which qualities residents would like to see in West’s successor.

Acting City Manager Tom Modica, who was the assistant city manager under West, is holding down the fort during a nationwide search for a permanent replacement.

“Selecting a City Manager is an incredibly important decision and we want to ensure that our community has a voice in the process,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “We encourage residents and local stakeholders to take the online survey and or join us at one of our community forums.”

The forums are scheduled for:

• Thursday, Oct. 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, 5870 Atlantic Ave.;

• Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Whaley Park, 5620 E. Atherton St.;

• Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Billie Jean King Main Library,200 W. Broadway.

The online survey is open until Oct. 31 and is available in English, Spanish, Tagalog and Khmer. All responses will be anonymous.

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—Hayley Munguia

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