No “white smoke” over City Hall as a new Pope is announced

John Pope was introduced as the new public information manager for the City of Newport Beach on Monday, Jan. 6. Pope is an award-winning strategic communications professional with experience in public relations leadership, marketing, media, community outreach, writing and public speaking. He has developed and implemented complex, high-impact communications initiatives with diverse internal and external stakeholders. 

Prior to joining the Newport Beach team, Pope served as Public Information Officer for the City of South Pasadena, and Communications Director for Long Beach City College, where he managed public affairs and government relations for the 25,000-student campus.

No white smoke over City Hall man John Pope

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John Pope, City of Newport Beach public information manager

Prior to that he also spent several years with the City of Long Beach Harbor Department (Port of Long Beach) where he led strategic communications efforts for more than $2.5 billion in port construction projects, including the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement and Middle Harbor terminal redevelopment project. 

Pope has extensive experience with municipal and business-related crises, including air and water quality issues, public works emergencies, protests, labor strikes and more. In 2018, he worked as a consultant with the County of Santa Barbara in the aftermath of the Montecito Debris Flow and in 2011 assisted the City of Seal Beach after the largest mass shooting in Orange County history.

Before entering the public sector communications field, Pope was an award-winning journalist, writing for the Los Angeles Times, Long Beach Press-Telegram and other Southern California media outlets. He is an active member of the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO), the leading state organization for government communicators.

He lives in Long Beach with his wife, Janice, and two children, Logan and Riley.