December 16, 2009 -- Joseph W. Pannone of Aleshire & Wynder was chosen as the new City Attorney for the City of Lompoc. He was selected by the City Council after a search was conducted, followed by interviews with the City Council. He will also serve as General Counsel to the Lompoc Redevelopment Agency. Mr. Pannone has previously served as legal counsel to over a dozen cities in California, including experience serving as City Attorney in 5 different cities before being selected by Lompoc. Prior to his selection, he served as special counsel to Lompoc and its Redevelopment Agency since 1995.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve Lompoc, now as City Attorney," Mr. Pannone said. "It is great community and I am ready to assist with its continued efforts to be even greater."
A frequent speaker at professional conferences, Mr. Pannone has also published articles on municipal law topics and is an active member of municipal attorney organizations. Having practiced municipal law for almost 30 years, he is a recognized expert on land use, redevelopment, ethics laws, and all areas of public law.
During his career, Mr. Pannone has advised city councils, redevelopment agency boards, planning commissions, personnel boards and numerous other city-boards and commissions. He has experience with civil and criminal litigation, ordinance, resolution and contract preparation and interpretation, personnel matters, the Brown Act and Public Records Act, Political Reform Act, redevelopment plan adoptions and amendments, property acquisition strategy and negotiations, issuance of bonds, and general plan updates & amendments.
The City of Lompoc incorporated on August 13, 1888, is currently home to over 42,000 residents. It is dubbed "The City of Arts and Flowers," and is the location annually for the Lompoc Spring Arts Festival held in April, and the Lompoc Valley Flower Festival held in June. To learn more about the City of Lompoc and its rich history, go to: http://www.cityoflompoc.com/