Laguna Hills City Manager Retiring After 26 Years

Since its incorporation in 1991, Laguna Hills has only had one city manager. Now, the time has come to say goodbye.

Bruce Channing announced his retirement last month. He’ll step down on Feb. 2.

Channing, who just celebrated his 26th year as the city’s top administrator, described the decision as “bittersweet.”

“I think that’s…pretty uncommon, to stay in one place for that long,” he said. “Usually it’s because you don’t have a choice, but in truth, it’s because I didn’t want to be anywhere else. I don’t think there’s any finer place to be.”

“I can’t imagine how proud you must feel to be able to spend your career helping to form a whole community,” Mayor Don Sedgwick. “Your fingerprints are all over this city. Everything that has happened here has your signature on it.”

Read more about Channing’s retirement here.