Supervisor Hahn Honors Late Long Beach Mayor Ernie Kell
Los Angeles, CA-Today, Supervisor Janice Hahn adjourned the weekly meeting of the LA County Board of Supervisors in honor of former Long Beach Mayor Ernie Kell, the city’s first elected mayor, who passed away this weekend at the age of 88.
“Mayor Kell made an indelible impact on Long Beach, the city he loved and served for over a decade,” said Supervisor Hahn. “He will be remembered for his work to build the Long Beach Convention Center, his leadership shepherding the city through a period of transition, and his unwavering commitment and love for his community. My prayers are with his wife, Jackie, and his family during this difficult time.”
After graduating from Banning High School, in Wilmington, Kell enlisted in the Merchant Marines and was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving nine months in Korea during the Korean War in 1951. He later attended Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach.
Kell was elected to the Long Beach City Council in 1975 and served for 13 years before becoming the city’s first elected Mayor in 1988. Kell passed away on Saturday at his home in El Dorado Park Estates after battling cancer for four months.