Daniel Sodergren, City Attorney for the city of Tracy, where he has worked for the past 11 years, was hired today as the new City Attorney for Pleasanton.
He succeeds Jonathan Lowell, who retired in December after more than 30 years practicing municipal law, including the last six as Pleasanton's city attorney.
Sodergren, too, has close to 30 years of legal experience, most of which has been in local government. Before Tracy, he served as City Attorney and Assistant City Attorney for the city of Livermore and, earlier, as Special Counsel for the cities of Palo Alto and Oakland. He began his career as a law clerk and served in that capacity in Palo Alto, Santa Clara and San Jose.
Sodergren, who lives in Pleasanton, was responsible for handling all litigation for the city of Tracy, a community of 86,000 residents, a General Fund of $50 million and 464 employees. He provided legal advice to its City Council, including on planning, land use, initiatives, elections, utilities and CEQA issues.
"I am pleased to announce Daniel Sodergren as our new City Attorney," Mayor Jerry Thorne said. "Dan has a long and successful track record in the field of municipal law, with a particular emphasis on issues related to land use. Of particular value to our community is the fact that he has been a Pleasanton resident for a number of years."
Thorne added: "Being a resident of Pleasanton has enabled Dan to witness firsthand how active our residents are in all aspects of our community, and this insight, coupled with his legal experience, makes him an outstanding choice to join our team as our legal counsel. We all know that our community has a very high standard of service, and we need public servants who recognize this and can respond in kind."
While in Livermore, Sodergren was involved in the redevelopment of downtown Livermore and the initial phase of Livermore's Downtown Specific Plan.
Sodergren's wife Annette is the librarian at Walnut Grove Elementary School. Their daughter Annika attends Harvest Park Middle School.
Sodergren's appointment is subject to ratification by the City Council later this month. His start date will be Monday, May 16.
There were approximately 20 applicants who participated in the recruitment process for the Pleasanton City Attorney's position.