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 twenty four dollars ($324.00) per month is paid, regardless of the number of meetings attended.
- No entitlement to health or life insurance benefits
Ex-Officio Board of Directors
Kelly H. Boyd - President
Robert Whalen - Vice President
Toni Iseman - Director
Steve Dicterow - Director
Robert Zur Schmiede - Director
Gerald D. Shoaf
Commissioners are appointed by the Board and serve a two-year term. Public meetings of the Commission are held monthly at the District.
Mark Lewis - Commission 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 - Vice Chair
As the District's newest Commissioner, Jane Egly is no stranger to water issues in Laguna Beach. While serving as a Laguna Beach City Council member, Egly served on the District's Board as a Director from January 2005 through 2012. During her 2012 term as Board President, Egly joined mayors across the country asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water and cut pollution by taking part in the Mayors Challenge for Water Conservation a national contest aimed at drastically slashing water and energy use across the nation that encourages residents in all 50 states to conserve water, save energy, and reduce pollution, helping Laguna secure the title of most water wise city in its population category.
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.
Debbie Neev - Commissioner
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.
|Marvin Johnson - Commissioner
Marvin Johnson has served as a Commissioner for the District since 2006. A Laguna Beach resident for 20 years, Johnson exhibits a solid commitment to the community through his extensive involvement as a docent for the Hortense Miller Garden and Laguna Coast Wilderness Park; a board member at Laguna Greenbelt Incorporated; and a volunteer for the Friends of the Laguna Beach Library Bookstore. Johnson also served on the Open Space Committee for six years and served two of those years as the committee chair.
Johnson’s interests lie in water conservation and finding local solutions to Laguna Beach’s water supply.
|Cheryl Kinsman - Commissioner
Cheryl Kinsman was appointed to the Laguna Beach County Water District Commission in 2011. Kinsman, a certified public accountant brings her financial expertise to the District's Commission. Kinsman believes strongly in community service and has demonstrated that commitment serving as Mayor and Mayor Pro-tem of Laguna Beach. She has served as a City Council Member, Planning Commissioner, past president and board member of the North Laguna Community Association, treasurer of the Laguna Beach Neighborhood Watch, and as a member of the Laguna Beach Parking, Traffic, Circulation Committee. Kinsman has been a resident of Laguna Beach for over 30 years.
Renae M. Hinchey, General Manager
Christopher J. Regan, Assistant General Manager
David Youngblood, Manager of Engineering and Operations
Robert L. Westphal, Manager of Finance