Laguna Beach leaders select Shohreh Dupuis as new city manager

Laguna Beach leaders have actually chosen the city’s brand-new top manager from within, after performing a nationwide search and also talking to six various other candidates.

Aide City Manager Shohreh Dupuis, that was first worked with as the city’s director of Public Works in 2016, was the City Council’s consentaneous choice for city supervisor.

Dupuis has functioned together with Mayor John Pietig for numerous years. Pietig, that initially concerned the city as an assistant city manager to longtime Mayor Ken Frank, introduced his retirement earlier this year.

Dupuis’s option will certainly be verified by the City Council on May 4 and also she is expected to start her new work on June 12.

“Shohreh Dupuis brings solid, skilled management to Laguna Beach during a critical time when we need to deal with quality-of-life problems for our homeowners, advancement our financial recovery, make liable spending plan decisions as well as take steps to protect the unique personality of our area,” Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen said in a city news release. “After a comprehensive search, the City board chose Shohreh and also is certain that she possesses the history, abilities, enthusiasm, determination as well as job ethic needed to satisfy these obstacles and relocate the city forward as its next city supervisor.”

Dupuis has even more than 30 years of experience in local federal government. Because joining Laguna Coastline, she has actually helped lead tasks important to the city’s improvement, officials stated. Amongst those are leading the city’s action to the coronavirus, advancement of the Laguna Coastline CARES program that supplied grant financing to the area, resiliency initiatives such as the Forest Promenade and also dealing with the art events to help them open safely this summer.

She likewise led council tasks such as the long-awaited Village Entryway Job, the growth of the Wildfire Safety And Security and also Mitigation Plan, the resident-serving Community and also Environmental management Strategy as well as the city’s transit and auto parking programs.

“I’m incredibly recognized and also overwhelmed with appreciation that the City board has selected me,” Dupuis stated in the launch, including that she has a deep love for the city, locals and also organizations. “I anticipate collaborating with all the voices of our city.”

Pietig, that leaves after operating in the city for nearly 20 years, adheres to 3 various other current retirements of top city officials: City Clerk Lisette Chel-Walker, that helped the city– initially at the Police Division– for 37 years, retired in December; Cops Chief Laura Farinella, that led the division for five years, retired on Dec. 4; and also Greg Pfost, director of community growth, who led his division for 5 years, retired in July.

Pietig likewise applauded the option of Dupuis in the city’s release, proclaiming her “outstanding capacity to examine challenging and complicated scenarios, create services and develop agreement.”

Beyond that he explained her passion for the city and applauded her power, adding she is fit to assist the community recover from the pandemic.

Previously this year, the city worked with a recruiter and also embarked on a national search. The council also sought comments from the neighborhood using a public online survey on what kind of city supervisor they wanted to see as well as what certifications they sought.

Dupuis previously worked as supervisor of public benefit Irvine and with the Orange Region TransportationAuthority as well as region of Orange.

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