Huntington Beach City Manager Al Zelinka has announced his retirement from public service. Mr. Zelinka’s employment with the City will conclude at close of business on November 8, 2023.
“My decision to retire,” said Mr. Zelinka, “is based upon considerations culminating with a significant and challenging personal issue: caregiving of my elderly mother. This is requiring more time, attention, and work schedule flexibility than possible while concurrently rendering professional services to the City of Huntington Beach.”
“I am grateful for my time serving the City Council and the HB community as well as proud of the many accomplishments realized and the important work underway by the top notch City staff. I have full confidence in the OneHB Team and am proud of its dedication to the promise and potential of Huntington Beach. I look forward to many good things for the HB community.”
“During his tenure as City Manager, Al Zelinka has worked hard for the City of Huntington Beach and I wish him well in his retirement from public service,” noted Mayor Strickland.
At last night’s Closed Session meeting, the Huntington Beach City Council unanimously selected Eric Parra to serve as the new interim City Manager. Eric has proven his ability to effectively manage high-profile operations, serving as the Chief of Police for Huntington Beach for the last two years.
“During his time with the City, Chief Parra has proven to be an exceptional leader and I am thrilled he is willing to take over as City Manager,” said Mayor Tony Strickland. “I trust he will do a great job for this City that he also calls home. The residents of Huntington Beach will greatly benefit from his direction and contributions in this new role.”
Parra has more than 35 years of law enforcement experience, serving in various leadership roles. Prior to becoming the Chief of Police for the City of Huntington Beach, Parra served as the Chief of Police for the City of Alhambra and as Division Chief with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Parra holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University of Long Beach in Criminal Justice, and also earned his Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law, and is licensed by the State Bar of California. Parra will remain the Chief of Police while assuming his new role as Interim City Manager.