In a historic decision, the Huntington Beach City Council selected Rhonda Bolton to fill a vacant Council seat on July 26, 2021. The decision to appoint Ms. Bolton marks the first time that Huntington Beach has been represented by a Black City Council Member, and her appointment comes after Tito Ortiz resigned his position on June 1.
Ms. Bolton’s appointment follows an extensive appointment process that was mandated per the City Charter. 190 applications were received by the June 18 deadline, and 105 responsive applicants ultimately participated in an interview with the City Council on July 9-10.
Following an initial deliberation on July 19, the City Council reconvened on July 26. At that meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Delgleize nominated Ms. Bolton to fill the vacated seat, citing her years of experience working as an attorney and her involvement as a member of the City’s Human Relations Task Force. Mayor Kim Carr seconded the nomination, which was ratified by a 4-2 vote, with Erik Peterson and Mike Posey dissenting.
“I’m thankful for this opportunity to represent Huntington Beach and contribute in ways that will continually strengthen the fabric of our whole community,” says Bolton. “I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and working hand in hand with our residents and City Council to implement programs and policies that will continue to make Huntington Beach an incredible place to live, work, and raise our families.”
The City of Huntington Beach congratulates Ms. Bolton on her appointment, and we look forward to her tenure serving on the City Council.