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Newport Beach city manager selling home, moving to Laguna

August 8, 2012 |  9:05 am

Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff has put his Upper Newport Bay home on the market and plans to move back to Laguna Beach, where he lived for about 15 years
Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff has put his Upper Newport Bay home on the market and plans to move back to Laguna Beach, where he lived for about 15 years.

He said he plans to repay the $470,000 the city lent him for the house.

Kiff's original contract offered an incentive to help him move to Newport, where City Council members thought he would be more in-touch with city happenings, the Daily Pilot reported.

But Kiff said it has been difficult to escape city business, and he wants to move back south for family reasons. Voters in 2010 removed the city charter requirement that the city manager live in town.

"I guess I need a little more downtime than I thought I would," Kiff said.

Councilman Keith Curry said he is fine with Kiff's decision, although in 2010 he said it was important for Kiff to be "part of the fabric of the community" and thought he should live within city limits.

On Monday, Curry said, "He's been part of the community for decades. Whether he lives in Newport Beach or Laguna Beach, I don't think it makes a difference."

Kiff had been assistant city manager for 11 years prior to his promotion in 2009. Before that, he worked for Marian Bergeson, a former state senator from Newport Beach.

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-- Mike Reicher, Times Community News

Photo: Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff is planning to sell his Upper Newport Bay home and repay the loan the city provided for the house. Credit: Kent Treptow / Times Community News

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