At a special meeting held yesterday, the Laguna Beach City Council appointed Sean Joyce to serve as Laguna Beach’s interim city manager. Joyce has over 35 years of municipal government experience and retired as Irvine’s city manager in February 2018.
Joyce will temporarily fill the role of city manager while the City issues a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an executive recruitment consultant to lead a nationwide search to fill the position permanently. This process will include opportunities for public input and is likely to take 4-6 months, with an expected completion of early 2024. Joyce will not be seeking consideration for the permanent position.
“Mr. Joyce has a wealth of experience as a city manager and is the right person to serve as our interim city manager during this time of transition for our community and City staff,” said Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen. “We look forward to working with him over the next several months as we undertake the process to recruit and select our next city manager.”
In addition to having served as Irvine’s city manager, Joyce also held the role of city manager in South Pasadena and Sierra Madre. Following his retirement in February 2018, Joyce has served as interim city manager for the cities of Huntington Beach, San Clemente and South Pasadena.
“I am honored to be asked to serve the City of Laguna Beach as interim city manager,” said Joyce. “I will work closely with the City Council and executive leadership during these next few months to ensure a seamless transition and continued forward momentum for City staff, City Council initiatives and current and future projects.”
Joyce holds a master’s degree from California State University of Fullerton in Public Administration. Joyce will assume his new role as interim city manager on September 7, 2023.