City Announces Staff Retirements

Laguna Beach City Hall (Patch file photo)
Laguna Beach City Hall (Patch file photo)
Editor's note: The following news release was issued by the city of Laguna Beach.

The City of Laguna Beach is announcing that John Montgomery has decided to retire as the Director of Community Development at the end of June 2014 and Zoning Administrator Liane Schuller has decided to retire in March 2014.  Consistent with their professional standards, they are giving the City advance notification of their retirements to provide time for a process to identify their successors.

John Montgomery has been with the City for 22 years, served as the Director of Community Development since August 2003, and was hired as the Assistant Department Director in September 1991.  Prior to working for Laguna Beach, he worked as a Principal Planner for the City of San Bernardino and other planner positions in Montana and Colorado.  He is a graduate of the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Liane Schuller has served as Zoning Administrator since March 2004 and has been a member of the Laguna Beach Community Development Department for over 24 years. Liane previously worked for the cities of Newport Beach and Santa Ana, following her graduation from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. 

“Liane and I have great respect for all who serve the City, the great work that everyone does, and the differences we have made for the community.  We will miss our ‘work family’ but know that lasting friendships will be a future part of our lives,” said John Montgomery.

“The City will truly miss the leadership John and Liane have provided to guide a very technical and complex department.  They are consummate professionals who have worked hard to serve the community through a changing development process over the last two decades,” stated City Manager John Pietig.

City Manager John Pietig is initiating the selection process to replace Director Montgomery and Zoning Administrator Liane Schuller.

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