The Laguna Beach County Water District (District) was incorporated as a County Water District in 1925 and operates as a Special District under the Water Code Section 30000 et. seq.
On June 3, 1998, the District and City of Laguna Beach filed an application with the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) of Orange County California for the District to operate as a subsidiary district of the city while continuing to exist as a special district with all the powers, rights, duties, obligations, and functions provided for by the Water Code.
The reorganization of the District became effective November 1, 2000 with the Laguna Beach City Council members sworn into office as the Ex-Officio Board of Directors (Board) and the former five-member Board of Directors were appointed as Commissioners to serve in an advisory capacity to the Board.
Publicly elected City Council members are sworn in as Ex-Officio Board of Directors of the District. The Board provides local control over the policies and decisions affecting water service in the community. Public meetings of the Board of Directors are held quarterly.
Compensation: Board and Commission
- No compensation is paid.
- Health and life insurance benefits are provided. Health insurance covers the Board member and dependents, and the Board member contributes a percentage of the dependents premium rate. A $10,000 life insurance policy is provided, of which the amount reduces based on age.
- A stipend of three hundred and ninety two dollars ($392.00) per month is paid, regardless of the number of meetings attended.
- No entitlement to health or life insurance benefits
Ex-Officio Board of Directors
Robert Whalen - President
Steve Dicterow - Vice President
Peter Blake - Director
Toni Iseman - Director
Sue Kempf - Director
Paula E. Meyer, Esq.
Commissioners are appointed by the Board and serve a two-year term. Public meetings of the Commission are held monthly at the District.
Debbie Neev- Commission Chair
Neev holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Geophysical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and is considered a valued addition to the District’s Commission.
Mark Lewis - Vice Chair
Lewis's passion is to improve and seek new methods for delivering reliable and affordable water to the District’s customers. Lewis is active in the community as a coach and tutor in youth sports and academics.
Jane Egly- Commissioner
Egly is an experienced litigator and dedicated community leader who has devoted many hours of work to community service in our town. Egly is a strong advocate of environmental sustainability with particular focus on reduction of water use and is passionate about promoting water use efficiency to Laguna Beach residents.
Marvin Johnson - Commissioner
Johnson’s interests lie in water conservation and finding local solutions to Laguna Beach’s water supply.
Cheryl Kinsman - Commissioner
Renae M. Hinchey, General Manager
Christopher J. Regan, Assistant General Manager
David Youngblood, Manager of Engineering and Operations
Brian W. Jewett, Manager of Finance