The city of Pacific Grove is set to share a city attorney with neighbor Carmel. The PG City Council will vote tomorrow, Wednesday, June 29, to retain Brian Pierik of Camarillo-based Burke, Williams & Sorrenson, LLP as the new city attorney, effective July 1.
Pierik replaces current City Attorney David Laredo, who, as a partner at law firm PG De Lay & Laredo, has held the position since 2005. Laredo fell out of favor with the board after an error in a measure of vote on the 2020 sales tax that cost the city potentially more than $2 million in lost sales tax revenue.
The board voted 7-0 last December to receive proposals from other lawyers and law firms to fill the position after Laredo’s contract expires on June 30. A request for proposals was issued between March 1 and March 31, resulting in 15 responses, according to a staff report.
Council members Nick Smith and Luke Coletti, along with Mayor Bill Peake, formed a subcommittee to review nominations, taking into consideration the California attorneys’ public service, local knowledge and qualifications of other professionals in the firm that would work with the city. They narrowed the search to multiple candidates and conducted virtual interviews, followed by in-person interviews with top candidates.
Their search led to the selection of Pierik, who has served Carmel since 2019. He is also an attorney for the towns of Camarillo and Atascadero, as well as an advisor for a Simi Valley parks district and the local agency’s Training Commission. of San Luis Obispo.
Another attorney from the same law firm, Gregory J. Rubens, will serve as PG’s associate attorney. Under the terms of the contract, the law firm will receive $275 per hour for general city attorney services and $300 per hour for special legal services requiring more work, or $275 from the hour for associates who perform these same services.
City Council meets at 6 p.m. at PG City Hall, 300 Forest Ave., and online at bit.ly/6-30PGMeeting.