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Press Release | Councilmembers Mary Campbell Appointed as Hermosa Beach Mayor and Justin Massey as Mayor Pro Tem

Post Date:11/23/2019 5:30 PM


Nov. 23, 2019



Outgoing Mayor Stacey Armato Praised for her Leadership 

HERMOSA BEACH, CA –At a special Hermosa Beach City Council meeting Thursday night, Councilmembers elected their colleague, Mary Campbell, to serve as mayor and Councilmember Justin Massey to serve as the new mayor pro tem. The councilmembers and others also praised outgoing Mayor Stacey Armato for her leadership over the past year.

“Stacey is a force of nature who has an endless amount of energy for this City,” said Mayor Campbell. “It has been an absolute joy and pleasure working alongside her, and I look forward to working with Justin to continue to move our community forward.” 

During her one-year term, Mayor Campbell said she will be focused on further strengthening the Hermosa Beach Police Department and public safety as the City hires a new police chief and seeks to improve officer recruitment and retention. She said she will also pursue a stronger partnership between the City and the business community, while also celebrating and preserving Hermosa Beach’s unique culture and history. In addition, she emphasized the critical importance of ensuring that the City continues to make progress on various infrastructure projects and other quality of life efforts including fostering civility during stressful times.

Mayor Campbell said she nominated Councilmember Massey to be the mayor pro tem because “he works collaboratively with the city manager and other councilmembers, which is a vital part of the job, and we don’t want to lose the momentum to move forward with the many projects and initiatives we have underway in the City.”

“I was sad that the Council’s vote caused disappointment for the councilmember who was next in line, Hany Fangary,” Mayor Campbell added. “He and I had discussed the need for him to work collaboratively with the city manager, but he’s publicly stated that he has no confidence in the city manager and has not spoken or communicated with the city manager for several months. To make him mayor pro tem would create an unworkable situation because the mayor pro tem’s role requires communication and coordination with the city manager on an almost daily basis. I would welcome his rotation to mayor pro tem when he is willing to work with the city manager.”

Upon turning the gavel over to the new mayor, Councilmember Armato said serving as the City’s mayor for the past year had been an honor and a privilege.

“I am thrilled to have Mary as our City’s new mayor and know she will do a fantastic job leading our City,” she said. “Over the past year, we have made significant strides in the priorities we set.  We increased transparency in City government by providing more information and launching a new website. Hermosa Avenue and 8thStreet improvements are complete. The Fire Station construction is underway, and the Community Center is looking better than ever. But there’s still more that needs to be done, and I look forward to Mary’s leadership as we work with the Council, City Staff and the community to complete our public works projects and serve the residents of Hermosa.”

About Hermosa Beach

Founded in 1907, Hermosa Beach is a thriving community of some 20,000 residents. Located on the southern end of the Santa Monica Bay in Los Angeles County, with beaches ranked among the best in the world, Hermosa Beach has been recognized for its work to highlight Southern California beach culture, foster a vibrant local economy and protect coastal and environmental resources.

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