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Carlsbad selects new city attorney

CARLSBAD — The City of Carlsbad selected Celia A. Brewer as the new city attorney on Dec. 28 to replace retiring City Attorney Ron Ball, according to a press release by the City. 

With more than 20 years of experience in public law, Brewer has served as the interim port attorney and assistant port attorney for the San Diego Unified Port District for the past two and a half years.

She also served as the city attorney for Solana Beach from 1999 to 2005.

“Celia’s diverse experience and collaborative style will be a great fit for Carlsbad,” said Mayor Matt Hall in the press release.

“Her legal expertise coupled with strong leadership and communication skills will be invaluable as the city faces future challenges and opportunities.”

Brewer was selected from a pool of 28 candidates who applied, said Carlsbad Communications Manager Kristina Ray.

Brewer will succeed Ball, who retired at the end of last year after serving as city attorney for the past 26 years.

“I consider it an honor to be of service to the City of Carlsbad and to bring innovative legal solutions that will help take an exemplary city like Carlsbad to its next level of service to its community,” said Brewer in the press release.

Before her position for the San Diego Unified Port District, Brewer served as the assistant general counsel for the San Diego County Water Authority. Previously she has worked as senior council for the law firms Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch and Foley & Lardner, and as a partner for Brown Diven Hessell & Brewer.

She received her law degree from University of San Diego School of Law and a degree in urban studies and planning from the University of California, San Diego.

City Council is expected to vote on Brewer’s appointment at its Jan. 8 meeting.

Jane Mobaldi is serving as interim city attorney until Brewer’s first day Jan. 22.