Working for the Los Angeles Police Department, Jim Katapodis has made his share of decisions — some of them life and death — but also got to see decisions being made.
As a former sergeant in arms for the Los Angeles City Council, Katapodis sat through the council and committee meetings off and on for several months.
"I've seen good decisions and I've seen bad decisions," he said. "I learned a lot from that experience, really."
Katapodis' time observing the L.A. City Council, along with experience serving on the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club board of directors, as an administrator and supervisor with the department over the last 30 years and as a former second vice president of the Goldenwest Homeowners Assn., has given him the experience it takes to run for Huntington Beach City Council, he said.
Katapodis said he knows how to take control of chaotic situations, listen to residents' needs, gather facts and make decisions.