Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum officials said they have issued safeguards to prevent someone like ex-Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo from volunteering again.
Founder Natalie Kotsch said the museum is going to institute new policies about who can serve after the board met Jan. 13 and Monday to discuss the issue.
The museum's volunteer policies came under fire after officials found out Jan. 12 that Rizzo, a Huntington Beach resident, had been volunteering as a parking lot guard for several days. Rizzo service was publicized last week in the Los Angeles Times and in the Daily Pilot — publications affiliated by ownership with the Independent.
The nonprofit museum, run solely by volunteers, told Rizzo on Jan. 13 that his services monitoring its small parking lot at Olive Avenue and Fifth Street were no longer needed over worries that his service would stain the museum's reputation.
"The surfing museum deserves a better reputation than Robert Rizzo brings to any organization, even as a volunteer," Kotsch said. "We hope that this Robert Rizzo incident goes away and doesn't color the museum."