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Council appoints two to Personnel Board

By BARBARA DIAMOND

The City Council appointed at the July 24 meeting two new members to the Personnel Board.

Attorney Dawn Knepper and retiring businesswoman Mimi Niebuhr were appointed, with terms to begin immediately and run through June 30, 2019. Niebuhr was appointed as an alternate.

The three-member board hears appeals related to any disciplinary action, dismissal, demotion, reduction in pay or suspension. It meets as needed. Meetings are held in private, unless the subject of the hearing requests it be open to the public.

Knepper has practiced employment law exclusively for more than 13 years. She advises and defends clients in federal and state employment related lawsuits and agency claims, including actions alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination.

A resident of Laguna Beach for seven years, Knepper has been active in the community as a member of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Laguna Beach Business Club since 2012. She was a board member of the Laguna Beach Water Polo Foundation in 2017 and 2018.

Niebuhr has been a resident for 35 years. She is a member of the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club. She and her husband raised their two children in Laguna and she has been active in the Laguna Beach Unified School District and SchoolPower. 

Retail Supervisor with Advantage Sales & Marketing in Irvine, from 2009 to the present, she plans to retire at the end of the year.

Niebuhr said her experience in management will be useful as a member of the Personnel Board.