Kiff’s employment as new city manager unanimously approved by City Council

The Laguna Beach City Council has announced the appointment of Dave Kiff as the next city manager for the City of Laguna Beach.

“Dave Kiff’s appointment as the new city manager represents an exciting moment for Laguna Beach,” said Mayor Sue Kempf. “He is an experienced leader with an impressive track record of initiatives that he championed or co-championed on the city, county and state level. As a City Council, we are confident Dave will not only address immediate opportunities for enhancing services, but we believe he is a good fit for Laguna overall.”

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New Laguna Beach City Manager Dave Kiff

Kiff, a former 23-year resident of Laguna Beach, brings a wealth of experience and a deep love for the community.

“Returning to Laguna Beach to serve as city manager is a tremendous honor for me,” said Kiff. “I am deeply committed to serving the people and community of Laguna Beach. My goal is to work collaboratively with residents, businesses and community organizations to ensure that Laguna Beach remains a vibrant and inclusive place to live, work and visit.

“My role as city manager will be focused on fostering collaboration and innovation to address the needs of our residents and continued enhancement of the overall quality of life in our community,” Kiff continued. “I look forward to working closely with the City Council, city staff, and community stakeholders to ensure Laguna Beach continues to thrive and evolve responsibly.”

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(L-R) Councilmember Bob Whalen, Mayor Pro Tem Alex Rounaghi, City Manager Dave Kiff, Mayor Sue Kempf and Councilmember George Weiss in council chambers

Kiff brings substantial local government experience and expertise to the City of Laguna Beach. Prior to his appointment, he served as the division director for the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, overseeing homelessness programs totaling $30 million annually.

Additionally, Kiff has served as interim city manager for several California cities, including Sonoma, Healdsburg and Huntington Beach. He also brings extensive experience as the former city manager of Newport Beach, where he successfully managed a $300 million budget, staff of more than 700 and a diverse range of city services for nearly a decade.

Kiff’s employment agreement was unanimously approved by the Laguna Beach City Council at its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 9. His anticipated start date is May 6.

He is looking forward to living in Laguna Beach again with his partner Tom, and their two dogs Oscar and Moby.

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