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Santa Monica Poised to Hire Fresno City Attorney to Fill Top Legal Post

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May 5, 2022 -- The City Council on Tuesday is expected to hire Fresno City Attorney Douglas Sloan as its top lawyer, according to an item posted on the agenda.

Sloan -- who has served as Fresno's chief counsel since 2013 -- would assume the post that has been filled on an interim basis for more than two years on June 22.

Tuesday's agenda item asks the council to "authorize the Mayor to execute an employment agreement with Mr. Sloan for his service as City Attorney."

The agenda item was posted after the Fresno City Council announced last Friday that Sloan is leaving for a job in Southern California.

"City Attorney Sloan has served this city through three mayoral administrations and 14 different councilmembers,” said City Council President Nelson Esparza," according to a report in the Fresno Bee.

“It will be a challenge to find someone that understands our city’s charter and the strong mayor/city council form of government and understand the local context in which we operate,” said District 3 Council Member Miguel Arias.

“We are the largest city in the Valley, but we sometimes act like it’s a small town.”

Sloan's $263,650 salary in 2020 made him the second highest paid City official, after now-retired Police Chief Andy Hall, who made $278,642, according to salary data compiled by the Fresno Bee.

The vote to hire Sloan comes less than two months after the Council made Deputy City Attorney Susan Cola the third person to hold the top post on an interim basis in the past two years.

Cola replaced Interim City Attorney Joe Lawrence, who assumed the post after Interim City Attorney George Cardona left last August.

Cardona, in turn, assumed the interim post when former City Attorney Lane Dilg was hired as interim City Manager in April 2020.

The Council launched a nationwide search to replace Dilg and held a dozen closed door sessions this year but had failed to pick a permanent successor.

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