The new Long Beach City Council has chosen Jack Schnirman, as the new City Mananger.
Schnirman, 34, will start the job on Jan. 3, replacing current
city manager Charles Theofan, the council announced Wednesday. Schnirman, a
Democrat, was the top deputy in Brookhaven from 2006 to 2008. He most recently
was vice president of management consulting at Bowne Management Systems.
Schnirman and new councilors Fran Adelson and Scott Mandel, both
Democrats who will take office Jan. 1, inherit a city government with $48.3
million in general obligation debt and myriad financial issues. Moody's Investor Services on Tuesday downgraded
the city's general obligation debt to Baa3, the lowest investment grade rating.
Council members and Theofan will meet with Schnirman Thursday.
He agreed to a salary 5 percent below the $166,304 Theofan is paid, Adelson
Schnirman was chosen, in part, for his experience in Brookhaven,
which at the time had issues similar to those in Long Beach, incumbent
Councilor Len Torres, a Democrat, said.
"Long Beach presents a really fantastic challenge,"
Schnirman said. "It's really a great city and a great part of Long Island . . . but on the government side it's
facing some serious challenges."
He said his first steps would be "to figure out as quickly
as possible how deep the crisis is, what our options are and chart a path
forward to make the tough decisions necessary to put the city's finances on the
road to recovery."
Councilors said they reviewed more than 200 applicant resumes
from around the country.
The lone Republican councilor, John McLaughlin, and Theofan, a Republican, both approved of
"His experience says he should be a success,"
McLaughlin said of Schnirman. "I sincerely want him to succeed, because
that means the city is succeeding."