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Posted on: June 30, 2017

July 2017 Mayor's Message

Laguna Niguel is a great place for our residents to live and for our thriving businesses to do commerce.  We all know that it takes a team approach to make the City successful. From those working behind the scenes at City Hall to our neighbors and friends that live and work in this great City, together we make Laguna Niguel a wonderful place to be.

Laguna Niguel uses the Council – Manager form of government.  The City Council is the elected governing body and wields representative power on behalf of the residents. The Council is responsible for the legislative function of government such as establishing policies, passing local ordinances (laws), voting on appropriations and spending, as well as developing and monitoring the overall city vision. 

The City Manager position in this style of governing acts more or less like a corporate Chief Operating Officer.  That position reports to the Council offering professional management and in turn is responsible for hiring city staff to carry out council’s directives and to enforce city ordinances.  Since 1989, Laguna Niguel has used this form of government and it has worked very well.  

Next month, City Manager Rod Foster will retire after four years in Laguna Niguel and 30 years of public service overall to serve as the Chief of Parish Operations for St. Edward the Confessor Catholic  Church in Dana Point.  In addition, Assistant City Manager Dan Fox, who has been with us for 14 years, has taken a promotion to become the City Manager for the City of Diamond Bar. This is big for Mr. Fox as it puts him further along his career path. We are happy to see when individuals like these move on to pursue their dreams and we wish them well.  In the past, the City has been fortunate to attract top talent to come here to carry on the charge, and the Council feels that going forward, it will be no different.

In addition, our City is blessed with a team of dedicated staff who continue to deliver quality programs and services to the community.  I am confident that our Department Heads are fully capable of ensuring that the safety, programs, projects, and facilities of our beautiful city will continue to be provided at the highest level that Laguna Niguel is known for during this transition.  We have a strong executive team and a hard-working staff that are committed to taking on additional duties and projects while the Council recruits and selects a new City Manager.

The Council is looking at various possibilities to guide us through the near term change, including hiring an Interim City Manager.  We hope to have identified an Executive Recruiter to assist in the search and selection of a new permanent City Manager by the time of publication.  The Council’s plan is to do a full nationwide recruitment as we believe that the Laguna Niguel City Manager position is a “dream job” due to our flourishing city that is still engaged in active growth projects such as the Gateway Specific Plan, the County’s Agora Project (which should create a downtown fun atmosphere) and the ongoing Crown Valley Park revitalization project.  Not to mention our cash reserves are fully funded providing for long-term stability.

This overall recruitment process is anticipated to take about six months until a new City Manager is in place.  Until then, know that your City Council is working together to ensure that from a resident’s standpoint not a beat should be missed.  Our doors are always open if you have any questions or concerns. 


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Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
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