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Santa Maria’s city attorney retiring after 16 years

Posted at 8:16 AM, Dec 28, 2018

The City of Santa Maria will start off the New Year looking for a new city attorney.

Friday is current City Attorney Gilbert “Gil” Trujillo’s last day on the job.

Assistant City Attorney Philip Sinco will take over until a permanent replacement is found for Trujillo.

A statewide recruitment for the position is underway.

“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 in a press release. “The City Council is going to work diligently to complete a recruitment process to allow us to find the next City Attorney.”

Trujillo has worked for the city since 2000 and served as city manager for the last 16 years.

The city attorney’s office provides a wide range of legal services for the City Council, boards and commissions, and all 10 operating departments, according to city officials.