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San Diego City Attorney

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City Attorney of San Diego
Flag of San Diego, California.svg
Mara Elliott

since December 12, 2016
Term lengthFour years, renewable once
Inaugural holderThomas W. Sutherland
Salary$193,648 annually
WebsiteOffice of the City Attorney

The San Diego City Attorney is an elected official in San Diego, California. The City Attorney serves as the city government's lawyer and as a criminal prosecutor for misdemeanor violations and infractions. The city attorney is elected for four years, and may serve up to two terms.[1] The current city attorney is Mara Elliott.[2] Predecessors include Jan Goldsmith (2008-2016), Mike Aguirre (2004-2008), Casey Gwinn (1996-2004), and John W. Witt (1969-1996).[3][4] Ms. Elliott is the first woman, and first Latina, to serve as City Attorney for San Diego, California.[5]


The San Diego City Attorney's Office has four divisions.

  • Civil Advisory Division
  • Civil Litigation Division
  • Criminal Division
  • Community Justice Division[6]

List of City Attorneys

The following list shows San Diego City Attorneys since the incorporation of the City of San Diego.[7][8][9] From 1852 until 1888 the City government was dissolved due to a bankruptcy and there was no official city attorney.[10]

City Attorney Term start Term end
Thomas W. Sutherland 1850 1851
James W. Robinson 1852 1852
Harry L. Titus 1888 1888
James P. Goodwin 1889 1890
William H. Fuller 1891 1894
Herbert E. Doolittle 1895 1904
William R. Andrews 1905 1906
George Puterbaugh 1907 1909
William R. Andrews 1910 1913
Terence B. Cosgrove 1914 1919
Shelley J. Higgins 1919 1927
James O'Keefe 1927 1928
Marvin W. Conkling 1928 1931
Frank H. Heskett 1931 1931
Clinton L. Byers 1931 1936
Dayton L. Ault 1937 1941
Jacob Weinberger 1941 1941
Dayton L. Ault 1941 1942
Clarence J. Novotny 1943 1943
Jean F. Du Paul 1943 1961
Alan M. Firestone 1961 1963
Richard J. Curran 1963 1965
Ed Butler 1965 1969
John W. Witt 1969 1996
Casey Gwinn 1996 2004
Mike Aguirre 2004 2008
Jan Goldsmith 2008 2016
Mara Elliott 2016 Incumbent


  1. ^ "How To Run For Office Details | City of San Diego Official Website".
  2. ^ "Office of the City Attorney | City of San Diego Official Website".
  3. ^ "Casey Gwinn". WIC Biography. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Legends of the Bar, John W. Witt". San Diego County Bar Association. January 2006. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Mara Elliott and Women Trailblazers in San Diego". San Diego County Democratic Party. 2016-06-29. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  6. ^ "City Attorney Divisions | City of San Diego Official Website".
  7. ^ Smythe, William Ellworth (1907). History of San Diego, 1542-1908. History Co. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  8. ^ McGrew, Clarence Alan (1922). My library My History Books on Google Play City of San Diego and San Diego County: The Birthplace of California, Volume 1. American Historical Society. p. 426. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  9. ^ "ELECTION HISTORY – CITY ATTORNEY, CITY OF SAN DIEGO" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  10. ^ "A History of San Diego Government | City of San Diego Official Website". City of San Diego. Retrieved April 22, 2017.

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