City Manager

City Manager’s Office

The City of Laguna Beach is a full-service City that operates under the Council-Manager form of government. Meaning, the City Council provides overall policy direction and appoints a City Manager to implement the policies. In turn, the City Manager forms an executive team to direct the departments that service the community. The City Manager’s Office coordinates policy implementation, oversees the City's administrative function, and provides leadership for operational departments.

Message from John Pietig, City Manager

Welcome to Laguna Beach! Our 23,000 residents enjoy the ambiance provided by our clean ocean, sandy beaches, and coastal hills. The City's downtown, unique shopping districts, bluff-top walkways, and free trolley system create a pedestrian-friendly community on a small scale that is unique in Southern California. Our more than 25 parks and community facilities are perfect for hiking, biking, surfing, or just relaxing at the beach.

The City provides a full range of services including police, fire, marine safety, and transit. The school district is outstanding and consists of two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. The community is also home to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach. All of these entities continually strive to provide exceptional service levels and outstanding facilities.

I have been working in local government for over 31 years and my family and I are proud to work and live in Laguna Beach. Whether you live here or are visiting, enjoy your time in Laguna Beach. I look forward to seeing you around town!

John Pietig
City Manager

John Pietig, City Manager

The City Manager oversees all City departments, including Police, Fire, Marine Safety, Community Development, Administrative Services, Water Quality and the Assistant City Manager. The City Manager is the Chief Executive of the City and oversees an organization of over 280 full-time employees, 250 seasonal employees, and a $95 million annual City budget.

Mr. Pietig has been the City Manager of Laguna Beach for 10 years and served as the Assistant City Manager for the prior 10 years. He also worked for the cities of Alhambra and Riverside in cumulating more than 31 years’ experience in local government. Mr. Pietig holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington State University.

Shohreh Dupuis, Assistant City Manager

The Assistant City Manager oversees the City’s Public Works and Cultural Arts Departments, the Communication Division, and the implementation of special projects and programs such as economic development, legislative affairs, homeless services, property acquisition, and other City Council priorities.

Ms. Shohreh Dupuis has over 30 years of experience in municipal government administration, project management, public works, and public policy development in Orange County. She joined the City of Laguna Beach as the Assistant City Manager/Director of Public Works in 2016. Prior to joining the City, Ms. Dupuis held management level positions at the Cities of Irvine and Anaheim, the consulting firm of Parsons Brinckerhoff, the Orange County Transportation Authority, and the County of Orange. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from University of California, Irvine.

Jeremy Frimond, Senior Administrative Analyst

The Senior Administrative Analyst supports the City Manager, Assistant City Manager and the City Council in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the organization.

Mr. Jeremy Frimond was born and raised in Laguna and has worked for the City since 2003. He began his career with the Marine Safety Department as a seasonal ocean lifeguard. In 2013, he was hired as the Marine Protection Officer, where he oversaw management of the City’s marine protected areas. Jeremy has served in his current position in the City Manager’s Office since 2018. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach and Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Mariann Tracy, Executive Assistant to the City Manager

The Executive Assistant performs a variety of complex and confidential clerical and administrative services for the City Manager, staff in the City Manager’s office, and the City Council. The position also serves as a liaison between the City Manager and City employees, members of the public and various outside agencies.

Ms. Mariann Tracy has been with the City of Laguna Beach since 2013 in administrative capacities. Prior to joining the City, Mariann was the Program Director for Laguna Beach Seniors at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Senior Center where she worked for four and a half years. Mariann has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton. She has been a Laguna Beach resident for over three decades.

Contact the City Manager's Office

Name Phone Email
City Manager's Office (949) 497-0704 cmoffice@lagunabeachcity.net
 Shohreh Dupuis, Assistant City Manager (949) 497-0351   sdupuis@lagunabeachcity.net
 Jeremy Frimond, Senior Administrative Analyst (949) 464-6673  jfrimond@lagunabeachcity.net
 Mariann Tracy, Executive Assistant (949) 497-0308  mtracy@lagunabeachcity.net