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City Council

The City of Laguna Woods is a “general law city” with a “Council-Manager” form of local government, meaning that it operates within the parameters of California municipal law with an elected City Council that is responsible for legislative and policy functions. The City Council appoints and supervises a professional City Manager who is charged with the “day-to-day” responsibilities of managing the City and implementing City Council laws and policy. 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 at-large by registered voters to four-year terms. Elections are held in even-numbered years with two and then three members of the City Council elected at subsequent elections. The City Council appoints a Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem, annually, from amongst its membership, to preside over City Council meetings, execute certain legal instruments and authorizations, and attend to various ceremonial matters.

City Councilmembers


Mayor Cynthia Conners – Appointed in 2009; elected in 2012; third term ends in 2020  (email)


Mayor Pro Tem Noel Hatch – Elected in 2012; second term ends in 2020 (email)

Mayor Pro Tem Shari L. Horne

Councilmember Shari L. Horne –  Appointed in 2014; second term ends in 2020 (email)

Carol Moore

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.