On June 21, 2016, the City Council appointed former Mayor and City Council Member Gary Capata to fill the vacant Council seat caused by the passing of the Honorable Jerry McCloskey. Gary Capata, CPA, MBA, was elected to the City Council in 2004 and served two terms through 2012 before he was termed out. He served as Mayor in 2007 and 2011. Gary previously served on the Planning Commission from 1999 to 2004 and on the Traffic Commission from 1997 to 1999. Gary also has a long history of community service with the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce, Laguna Niguel Rotary and Lion’s Club.
Council Member Capata’s term will expire upon the certification of the November 8, 2016 election by the County of Orange and the City of Laguna Niguel.