Former Irvine Manager Will Temporarily Lead Huntington Beach

Former Irvine City Manager Sean Joyce is likely to become the next interim city manager of Huntington Beach. The city council is expected to formally appoint Joyce to the role at its meeting Tuesday, December 14.

This is a bit of a swap. Huntington Beach’s last city manager Oliver Chi is leaving to become the top administrator of Irvine. Joyce retired from that position in 2018.

Joyce’s career in local government spans more than three decades. He previously managed South Pasadena and Sierra Madre and currently serves as Regional Director of Alliance Resource Consulting, a national executive recruiting firm. He earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cal State Fullerton.

“I am honored to be asked to serve the iconic community of Huntington Beach as Interim City Manager,” said Joyce. “Oliver has done an excellent job of leading the City, and we will work closely together during these next few weeks to ensure a seamless transition that will help keep Huntington Beach moving forward.”


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