Long Beach Firefighters Association Endorses Charles Parkin for Long Beach City Attorney
LONG BEACH- The Long Beach Firefighters Association announced this morning that it has endorsed Charles Parkin for Long Beach City Attorney in the upcoming April 8th election. Parkin’s 18+ years of experience in the City Attorney’s Office was a key factor in earning the endorsement.
“Charlie Parkin is the only candidate for City Attorney with the experience necessary to serve the residents of Long Beach in this very important office,” said Rex Prichard, President of the Long Beach Firefighters Local 372. “We look forward to continuing to work together with Charlie and his staff to ensure a safer Long Beach.”
Upon learning of the endorsement, Parkin said, “I am proud to earn the respect and endorsement of the men and women firefighters who put their lives on the line every day to keep Long Beach residents safe.”
Parkin was appointed by the City Council last July as the Long Beach City Attorney. He has worked in both the Litigation and Departmental Counsel Divisions of the office since 1995.
Most notably during his tenure, Parkin has played a key role in creating and enforcing Long Beach’s Neighborhood Nuisance Abatement program. His actions have brought a higher quality of life to affected Long Beach neighborhoods by successfully evicting drug dealers from homes, which has led to the cessation and curtailment of criminal activity in these areas.
This past November, Parkin announced his office brokered a settlement with the County of Los Angeles to return $4.6 million in property tax administration fees the County wrongfully took from the City of Long Beach. At the time, Parkin said the $4.6 million in general fund revenue could be used to help pay for essential emergency services for Long Beach residents and property owners.
Parkin, as City Attorney, manages an annual departmental budget of nearly $9 million and supervises 64 employees, including 20 attorneys.