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    December 18, 2018
    December 17, 2018
    City Attorney to Retire, Interim Position Announced

    When Santa Maria City Attorney Gilbert “Gil” Trujillo retires after 16 years of service on Friday, December 28th, longtime Assistant City Attorney Philip Sinco will become the Interim City Attorney while a recruitment is held.

    The City Council, whose powers include appointing the City Manager and City Attorney, has chosen to undertake a statewide recruitment for the City’s chief legal counselor.

    “The City is fortunate to have had the strong counsel of Gil Trujillo as City Attorney over the years, and is fortunate to draw upon Philip Sinco’s experience to serve as the acting City Attorney,” Mayor Alice Patino said. “The City Council is going to work diligently to complete a recruitment process to allow us to find the next City Attorney.”

    The City Attorney’s Office provides a wide range of legal services for the City Council, City boards and commissions, and all 10 operating departments. Code Compliance activities are also operated out of the City Attorney’s Office.

    Mr. Trujillo’s legacy is that of helping the City successfully navigate a wide variety of complex legal matters ranging from water rights for residents and businesses, helping with the transition to City Council district elections, and assisting with the passage of Measure U2012 and Measure U2018. Further, he handled numerous claims and lawsuits, and was an instrumental part of acquiring Los Flores Ranch Park and the future Landfill site and the current Police Department Building, in addition to helping facilitate repairs to the Santa Maria River Levee and construction of various City buildings.

    Mr. Sinco joined the City in January 2000. He has extensive experience in land use matters, personnel, public safety issues, public works, and more. He directly oversees the Code Compliance Division. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1985, and his law degree in 1991 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He served in private practice from 1995 to 1999, gaining valuable municipal experience serving as an Assistant City Attorney for Morro Bay and Pismo Beach. In July 2017, he was appointed as the part-time Guadalupe City Attorney.

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