Respected for her leadership, collaboration, and forward-thinking
during the Huntington Beach oil spill, Jennifer Carey has
established herself as a respected and trusted figure within the
city of Huntington Beach. As the Public Information Officer for
the Huntington Beach Police Department, and now Public Affairs
Manager for the City of Huntington Beach, Jennifer is relied upon
to relay timely and sensitive information to the City’s nearly
While over a million beachgoers were enjoying the sights and
sounds of jets flying overhead as part of the Pacific Airshow in
October 2021, Jennifer was working alongside Huntington Beach
public safety staff to assess the magnitude of a potential oil
spill happening just miles off the Huntington Beach coast.
Jennifer took control of the situation and quickly asserted
herself as a leader and initiated a game plan for communicating
with residents and stakeholders. Utilizing her regional and
national contacts, Jennifer swiftly pulled together information
and resources to quickly and proactively communicate details on
the evolving situation.
Jennifer quickly became the go-to for oil spill information not
only for the press and Huntington Beach residents, but for other
cities and agencies across the nation.