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Posted on: December 21, 2017

City Council Appoints Former Mayor Linda Lindholm to Vacated Seat

Laguna Niguel, CA – On December 19, 2017, the City Council unanimously appointed former Laguna Niguel Mayor, Linda Lindholm, to the City Council to serve as a City Council Member until the next City Council election, which will be in November 2018. 

The City Council chose to appoint rather than hold a special election to save the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars on a special election, and also expressed concern that the earliest an election could be held would be June. The vacancy was created by the abrupt resignation of Jerry Slusiewicz. The appointment of a fifth Council Member provides a reasonably-sized and balanced Council body to help with important policy decisions ahead. “This is where my philosophy clashes with reality. I believe that it is up to the voters on who holds the council seat, said Mayor Elaine Gennawey.  “However, the reality is that holding a special election would be a burden on our taxpayers.  Also, our residents deserve to have full representation on the Council. For me it’s a tough decision but we are here to make realistic decisions.” Council Member Fred Minagar echoed similar sentiments, “I am in favor of appointing one individual to help us excel but I am against a special election because we should be saving taxpayer money.”

Former Laguna Niguel Mayor Robert Ming spoke during public comments in support of Lindholm, saying that the leadership she exhibited during her 16 years on the Laguna Niguel City Council would benefit the community.  During her tenure, Lindholm played an integral part in the design and construction of the current City Hall building, as well as the improvements at Crown Valley Park.  In addition to her longtime service on the Laguna Niguel City Council and the Planning Commission, Lindholm most recently served for the past three plus years on the Orange County Department of Education Board of Trustees and plans to finish her term until its expiration in June 2018. Lindholm also was named Woman of the Year in 2002 by then Assemblywoman Patricia C. Bates.  In 2005 she was honored with the Saddleback Community College Leadership Award for her advocacy for children and student needs.

Mayor Gennawey was enthusiastic about Lindholm accepting the Council’s appointment. “I am excited to return and serve on the City Council because I want to help the City move forward on its projects including the new community and recreation center,” said Council Member Lindholm. 

During deliberation, Council Member Laurie Davies noted that Lindholm served as a mentor for her when she was first elected to the City Council in 2012.  Mayor Pro Tem John Mark Jennings commented that having the four-time Mayor return to the Council would provide stability at a time when the City is welcoming a new City Manager and will be searching for a new Police Chief after the retirement of longtime Police Chief Matthew Barr on January 5, 2018.

Lindholm accepted the nomination and was sworn in at the December 19, 2017 Council meeting. She will serve until the results of the November 6, 2018, election are certified.

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