Huntington Beach City Manager Leaving for Irvine

The City of Irvine has selected Huntington Beach City Manager Oliver Chi as its next top administrator. The city announced Chi’s appointment Wednesday. He’ll be earning $301,000 in annual compensation.

Chi is an experienced local administrator who previously managed Barstow and Monrovia in San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties. He’s been with Huntington Beach since 2019.

“Oliver has done tremendous work for the City of Huntington Beach,” said Mayor Kim Carr. “Thanks to Oliver’s leadership, we find our City with a budget surplus and stronger than we were in the past. Oliver’s leadership has been critical in overcoming COVID, civil unrest, and most recently, the oil spill. While I will greatly miss Oliver in Huntington Beach, I have no doubt he will do fantastic things for the City of Irvine.”

A closed session to discuss plans for his replacement will take place November 16.

Several Orange County cities are now searching for new management. In addition to Huntington Beach, Fullerton, Westminster, and Orange are looking to hire new administrators.

Read more at Voice of OC.