Ventura City Attorney Greg Diaz Announces Retirement | Local news
Posted on December 4, 2021
| 8:49 a.m.
After more than seven years as Ventura City Attorney, Gregory Diaz has announced his resignation effective February 14th. His last day of work will be December 23rd.
“City Prosecutor Greg Diaz has been instrumental in influencing our organization and leading the city’s legal services team with the utmost professionalism and integrity,” said Mayor Sofia Rubalcava. âOn behalf of the city council, I would like to thank him for his exemplary legal contributions, which have benefited our community very much. We wish him all the best for his retirement. “
Since joining the city in 2014, Diaz has led the prosecution in achieving a number of notable accomplishments, including homeless shelter agreements that enabled the city to open its first permanent, city-funded homeless shelter in the county.
Diaz chaired the Citizens Charter Review Committee on updating Ventura’s Charter Amendment that changed the city’s 2017 general electoral system to geographic district elections for councilors.
“I have been honored to serve the City Council and the City of Ventura through many complex initiatives,” said Diaz. âOne of the accomplishments I’m most proud of is the work our prosecutors did during the tragic time of the 2017 Thomas Fire.
âThe city’s legal team came together to do its job at the highest level. They provided tools, expertise and legal guidance to help decision makers and executives cope with the devastation caused by the fire. “
Under Diaz’s leadership, prosecutors received $ 8 million from Edison in Southern California for Thomas Fire damage. Diaz also supported the council-sponsored Measure O initiative. The half-cent increase in VAT provided vital funding for key public security services and improved the maintenance of city facilities, roads and sidewalks.
âThe success I’ve had at Ventura during my career is a direct result of the excellent work of our lawyers and assistants in the city’s prosecutor’s office. I have been fortunate to work with talented elected executives, department heads and professional staff in the city, âsaid Diaz.
Before coming to Ventura, Diaz served as the City Attorney for the City of Merced from 2001 to 2014; and he was a contract attorney for the cities of Lake Forest, Stanton, and Lomita, California.
Diaz also had the opportunity to help found nine new towns from Temecula in the south to Buellton in the north, with his major efforts including the new towns of Dana Point, Chino Hills and Lake Forest.
He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1991 and is admitted to the Central, Eastern, and Northern counties of the Federal District Courts of California; the ninth district of the US Court of Appeals; and before the US Supreme Court.
Diaz has spoken and written on a variety of local law throughout his career, with the last few years focusing on legal issues related to emergencies and disasters. He created a “Disaster Playbook” on dealing with legal problems during an emergency that was presented for use by both California District and City Attorneys.
For the past two years he served as chairman of the attorneys ‘division of the League of California Cities’ ad hoc emergency committee.
Upon retirement, Diaz plans to move and move to their new home in Tampa, Florida with his wife, Angela. He is looking forward to a few months of rest and relaxation and then looking for new challenges.
If Diaz leaves, Andy Hegland will take over as city attorney. Heglund joined the public prosecutor’s office in July 2019 as senior assistant to the city prosecutor’s office, where he specialized in planning and land use. He spent his early years in private law firms in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, where he specialized in litigation.
Hegland was the lead attorney for Bakersfield’s aggressive highway development program, capital improvement projects, and right of way and entertainment facilities. He was also instrumental in developing Bakersfield’s deployment program for installing wireless cellular devices on the city’s street lights.
The city attorney, along with the city director, is one of two positions appointed directly by the city council. The city attorney represents and advises the council, the advisory bodies and the city departments in matters of commercial law. In the coming weeks the council will start talks on the next steps in hiring a new city attorney. Personnel recruitment is being carried out to fill the vacant public prosecutor’s office.