City Manager

City of Laguna Hills
Until Filled

The City of Laguna Hills has approximately 6.6 square miles of land in its corporate boundary and is now home to 31,508 people.  The majority of the area in the City has a distinctive residential character. Yet, the City has a commercial base in its northern part. This commercial area or “urban village,” is anchored by the Village at Laguna Hills, the Oakbrook Village Shopping Center, and Saddleback Memorial Hospital. It includes retail, restaurant, professional office, and medical related building space. The Village at Laguna Hills is looking to build 1500 apartments, including retail space, and a hotel, which has been set for Council approval in February 2022.

The City of Laguna Hills is a General Law City that operates under the Council/Manager form of government. The voters elect five fellow citizens to the City Council for overlapping four-year terms. The Council, in turn, selects one of its members to serve as Mayor for a one-year term. In November 2022, there will be four council seats up for election. The City is financially stable with a $45.5 million biennial budget where ongoing revenues meet ongoing expenses with a small surplus. In addition, the City has a $90 million seven-year CIP budget. Many City services are delivered through long- and short-term contracts including police and fire.

The City Manager oversees 26 full-time employees, with a five-member executive team including two Deputy City Managers, a Finance Manager, and Assistant City Manager/Public Services Director. Under policy direction, the City Manager plans, organizes, and provides administrative direction and oversight for all City functions and activities; provides policy guidance and program evaluation to the City Council and management staff; encourages and facilitates the provision of services to City residents and businesses; fosters cooperative working relationships with State and local intergovernmental and regulatory agencies and various public and private groups; pursues appropriate avenues of economic and community development, and performs related work as required.

The City of Laguna Hills is seeking a strong leader and experienced manager to provide effective leadership while coordinating the activities of a municipal organization. The ideal candidate will be a strategic visionary with an innovative mindset who can take a creative approach to solving problems and managing the long-term goals of the City. Ideally, the right candidate will be an excellent generalist and have a proven track record of delivering results.

The ideal candidate will place an emphasis on communication throughout the organization and community. The ideal candidate will also need to be energetic, self-confident, and have an open, approachable management style. The successful candidate will be a diplomatic yet strong leader. They will be able to collaborate effectively with council and staff, will stand behind their decisions, and be transparent and thorough in their communications.

The City is eager for a City Manager with the ability to propose and implement ideas for increasing city revenues without increasing taxes. The candidate will demonstrate a strong understanding of municipal management in the State of California and an in-depth understanding of the City’s financial situation and the path forward. Experience in economic development and community services is a plus.

As Laguna Hills continues its upward trajectory, a passionate leader is needed to help the City realize its full potential. The future City Manager will value all the City has to offer, recognize needs of improvement, and take decisive action to meet the goals of the City Council. A collaborative, experienced, and ethical leader will excel in this role.

The Salary Range for the position is $260,000 to $280,000 annually depending on qualifications and the City offers a generous benefits package. The application deadline is February 25, 2022. To apply for this exciting career opportunity, please send a compelling cover letter and your detailed resume electronically to Please use this link to view the City Manager Brochure. Please contact Bob Hall at (714) 309-9104 should you have any questions regarding this position or the recruitment process.