Hermosa Beach Community Development Director Retires After Nearly 33 Years With City – Daily Breeze

After nearly 33 years with the City of Hermosa Beach, Director of Community Development Ken Robertson will retire on April 4.

Robertson joined the city as an Advanced Planner in 1989 and has held that position for the past 15 years.

On April 4, there will be a celebration of Robertson’s retirement at the Hermosa Beach Historical Society and Museum, located at 710 Pier Ave., from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Robertson said at Tuesday’s Hermosa Beach City Council meeting, where he was honored, that his heart is heavy, but he has compiled a rewarding career.

“What better place to spend a career and work in a community of this size where you can be really intimately involved in the decisions, which are really about preserving a great place and doing what you can to improve it,” said Robertson.

Robertson, according to City Manager Suja Lowenthal, has been an integral part of every major planning and development decision the city has made over the past three decades. including the creation of Pier Plaza and the adoption of the city’s 2017 general plan update, PLANHermosa.

  • Director of Community Development Ken Robertson will retire on April 4, after nearly 33 years with the City of Hermosa Beach. Robertson is pictured being honored at the March 22 city council meeting. (photo courtesy of the City of Hermosa Beach)

  • Director of Community Development Ken Robertson will retire on April 4...

    Director of Community Development Ken Robertson will retire on April 4, after nearly 33 years with the City of Hermosa Beach. Robertson, pictured with council members Justin Massey and Mary Campbell, left, and Mayor Mike Detoy, right, at the March 22 city council meeting. (photo courtesy of the City of Hermosa Beach)

During the coronavirus pandemic, Robertson helped set up initiatives to help the business community, including the city’s outdoor dining and retail program.

“I can’t imagine a greater joy in a profession, other than when you can walk around a city and point your finger at things that you’re involved in,” Lowenthal said at Tuesday’s meeting. “And I don’t know if you can point to anything you’re not involved in here in the city.”

Councilman Justin Massey said Robertson has “one of the toughest jobs in town” and his successor “is going to step into big shoes.”

Massey added, “Not only do you have to balance the five of us here and our predecessors, but everyone in the community, the applicants for a project, there are so many facets to the issues that you and your department have been dealing with. You did everything with dignity and diplomacy throughout and it reflected well on the city.

Norma P. Rex