Gregory Diaz Appointed Ventura City Attorney

The Ventura City Council has appointed Merced City Attorney Gregory Diaz as the city’s chief counsel. Diaz is replacing Ariel Calonne who resigned in March to serve as city attorney in Santa Barbara

"We are impressed with his emphasis on solving problems in a collaborative manner with staff, council and the community,” Mayor Cheryl Heitmann said of Diaz. “I am sure he will be a great addition to our organization and our community."

Diaz has served as Merced’s city attorney since 2001. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration and Political Science from California State University, Long Beach and a law degree from Western State University. He spent ten years in private practice as a contract city attorney at Burke, Williams, and Sorensen, LLP. Before becoming an attorney, Diaz also worked for the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District in Watsonville.  

“It’s going to be incredibly hard to replace him,” said Merced Mayor Stan Thurston. City Manager John Bramble echoed that sentiment, calling Diaz one of the best attorneys he’s ever worked with.

Diaz will assume Ventura’s city attorney position in September, with his last day in Merced scheduled for September 8.

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