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Santa Monica City Council Appoints George Cardona to Serve as Interim City Attorney

April 28, 2020 9:12 PM

Santa Monica City Council Appoints George Cardona to Serve as Interim City Attorney

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – At its meeting tonight, the Santa Monica City Council named George Cardona as Interim City Attorney. Cardona has served as Special Counsel/Chief of Staff for the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office for the past three years. He steps in to lead the City Attorney’s Office while Lane Dilg serves as Interim City Manager.  

"Santa Monica has benefited from George’s profound knowledge of the law,” said Mayor Kevin McKeown. “He’s an experienced leader who steps into the City’s top legal position at an important moment when we need his intellect and counsel.” 

Cardona came to the City of Santa Monica after holding leadership positions in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California for almost two decades. During that time, he served as First Assistant United States Attorney, Chief of the Criminal Division, and Chief of the Major Frauds Section.  In recognition of his exceptional work, Cardona received the Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service.

“I appreciate the Council’s confidence in me and look forward to continuing to serve the City as we work through the many issues posed by the COVID-19 public health emergency,” said Interim City Attorney George Cardona.  

From 2015 through 2018, Cardona served as a member of the Rules Revision Commission of the State Bar of California, which drafted the recommended revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct that were adopted in large part by the Supreme Court effective November 1, 2018. He teaches trial advocacy as an adjunct faculty member at UCLA School of Law.  

Cardona attended Yale University, where he majored in Physics, and Yale Law School. 

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