Retiring Laguna Beach city manager honored for 20 years of service

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Peggy Pietig and outgoing city manager John Pietig received a proclamation from Mayor Bob Whalen during Pietig’s final city council meeting on May 18, 2021. Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

Outgoing City Manager John Pietig was honored by the City Council with a proclamation for his 20 years of service at his final city council meeting Tuesday.

Mayor Bob Whalen said he was on the Planning Commission when Pietig first became city manager and joined the City Council shortly after. The two men have worked together for the past decade.

“I came to understand more and more every year, the challenge of the job, the talents you brought to it,” Whalen said. “As we’ve said to each other this past year was unprecedented. It was really a daily ‘what do we do now’ kind of decision and real-time challenge. You rose to it all along the way.”

Pietig is scheduled to retire and pass the torch to incoming city manager Shohreh Dupuis early next month.

“I want to thank the city council, all the members here and those I’ve worked with over the years, for your support as we’ve faced a lot of adversity both natural and manmade,” Pietig said. “But with the council’s support I think we’ve able to help the community through those situations and I can’t think you enough.”

Pietig also publicly thanked his wife Peggy Pietig, who is retiring from her role as accounting manager at the local nonprofit SchoolPower after 15 years of service.

“I could not have done it without the support of my wife Peggy,” Pietig said. “I know she is watching. [It’s her] first city council meeting in our 27-yer marriage that she has attended in person. Some of that is by design. Without having someone to come home and talk to I would not have made it through this.”

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Daniel is currently managing editor for the Laguna Beach Independent. He first started reporting on Laguna Beach in 2018. Daniel moved to Orange County from his hometown of Santa Barbara in 2008 to attend Chapman University. He wrote for the college newspaper, The Panther, for nearly four years before obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English with an emphasis in journalism. While attending Chapman, he started interning at the Orange County Register as a community blogger in Orange. In 2012, he was hired as a staff writer covering Orange and Villa Park. He went on to cover the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum as well as housing, development, education, water, and local politics in other Orange County cities. Since leaving the Register in 2015, he has written for Law360, the Foothills Sentry, the Newport Beach Independent, the Laguna Beach Independent, Los Angeles Times Community News, BehindtheBadge.com, and the California Business Journal. When Daniel isn't busy covering Laguna Beach, he serves as ​engagement editor for a nonprofit newsroom, The War Horse. He lives in Irvine with his wife and son.

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