The City of Laguna Woods is a general law city with a Council-Manager form of government, meaning that it operates within the parameters of California municipal law with an elected City Council as its legislative body. The City Council appoints and supervises a professional City Manager who is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the City and implementation of the City Council’s ordinances, regulations, and policy direction. The City Council also appoints a City Attorney to serve as the City’s legal counsel.
The five members of the City Council are residents of Laguna Woods who are elected by registered voters to four-year terms. Elections occur “at-large” (citywide) in even-numbered years with two and then three members of the City Council elected at subsequent elections. All five offices are nonpartisan.
The City Council appoints a Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem from amongst its membership to preside over City Council meetings, execute certain legal instruments and authorizations, and attend to various representative and ceremonial matters. The Mayor Pro Tem serves as the Mayor in their absence.
Mayor Noel Hatch – Elected in 2012; second term ends in 2020 (email)
Mayor Pro Tem Shari L. Horne – Appointed in 2014; second term ends in 2020 (email)
Councilmember Cynthia Conners – Appointed in 2009; elected in 2012; third term ends in 2020 (email)
Councilmember Carol Moore – Elected in 2014; second term ends in 2022 (email)
Councilmember Joe Rainey – Appointed in 2017; elected in 2018; second term ends in 2022 (email)
City Council Meeting Records
Investment Policy Review Committee
The City Council’s Investment Policy Review Committee is responsible for conducting at least biannual reviews of the adequacy and effectiveness of the City’s investment policy and preparing related recommendations for City Council consideration. The City Council has appointed Councilmembers Hatch and Horne to serve on the Committee in 2019 and 2020. Committee meetings are publicly noticed.