Laguna Beach Manager Prepares for Retirement

January 11, 2021 Updated: January 11, 2021

Laguna Beach manager John Pietig says he’s stepping down in June after more than three decades of public service.

“The City of Laguna Beach is an extraordinary place,” Pietig said in a press release announcing his impending retirement. “Our community is involved, aware and very engaged. … It is truly an honor and privilege to serve this special community.”

Pietig spent 20 years working for Laguna Beach; he spent his first 10 years as assistant city manager before being promoted to city manager. His overall municipal government career spans 32 years.

During his time with the city, he helped bring crime rates to historic lows, addressed homelessness, and led Laguna Beach through recessions.

Pietig said he’s especially proud to have worked with city management throughout the ongoing pandemic.

“This team is performing cutting-edge work in pandemic response, wildfire prevention, crime reduction, transit and parking management, land use planning, virtual city meetings, Leadership Laguna programs, and community dialogue,” Pietig said.

“Our city team has exhibited an incredible commitment to serving the public on the front lines of the pandemic. Serving alongside these dedicated public employees has been a highlight of my career.”