City council appoints Joseph Lawrence as provisional city attorney

September 29, 2021 10:31 a.m.

SANTA MONICA, California – At its meeting last night, the Santa Monica City Council appointed Joseph Lawrence as provisional city attorney beginning October 1. George Cardona vacates the position April 30, 2020 – today) and Chief of Staff / Special Advisor (February 2018 – April 2020).

“We need a city attorney who can come in and start right away, and Joe can do just that. He is one of our longest-serving lawyers and executives who knows all facets of our legal business, ”said Mayor Sue Himmelrich. “We are grateful that Joe will serve Santa Monica again as we conduct a nationwide search for our nearest city attorney.”

Returning to the role of Interim City Attorney, Lawrence, having served in the same role in the transition from City Attorney Marsha Moutrie to Lane Dilg in 2017, promoted to Assistant City Attorney, has been involved in all facets of the city’s most demanding legal issues. He led the legal effort that recovered nearly $ 400 million in water pollution and reached a historic settlement with the Federal Aviation Administration to close Santa Monica Airport in 2028.

“They say you can’t go back. True. But you can join those you once served with and worked with to rebuild, ”said Joe Lawrence. “I am honored and excited to support the Santa Monica City Council, the community, and especially the prosecution members as they all emerge from the pandemic and move on to new opportunities.”

Joe graduated from NYU School of Law and received his BA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. It starts on October 1 with a salary of $ 272,112.

National recruitment will begin shortly, with a subcommittee of the city council leading the indictment.


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