City Attorney Bill Wynder Bids Carson Farewell

Carson City Attorney William “Bill” Wynder stepped down from his post Tuesday after more than a decade with the city, but his most important work may be still to come. The longtime city attorney has left to conduct missionary work for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which will first take him to the Buckeye State.

“What a great honor it has been to be your lawyer, and how much I have come to love and appreciate the members of your rental housing community,” Wynder said, shedding tears as he bid the city farewell. “Those people I love as if they were my own family. When it comes to them, I’ve drunk the Kool-Aid. This has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done professionally.”

Mayor Jim Dear thanked Wynder for all the hard work that he and his company had put in over the years and handed him the honorary key to the city. Council Member Elito Santarina led the room in applause.

Taking over for Wynder will be his colleague Sunny Soltani who worked alongside Wynder on some of the city’s most important cases. These include the legal fight over mobile home rent control policies which led to the passage of Senate Bill 510.

“I have big shoes to fill,” Soltani told the city council Tuesday, saying Wynder had already taught him a great deal. “This is such a unique council. At every turn we’ve been able to accomplish what we’ve accomplished because you council members are fearless and don’t get bullied by high-powered lawyers.”

In addition to his work for Carson, Wynder has represented the cities of Lawndale, Cypress, Irwindale, Palm Springs and Signal Hill. He has been involved a number of key issues during his time as city attorney, including a fight with the state over redevelopment money, legal challenges over the city’s sex offender ordinance, and an effort to enforce a required sales tax-sharing agreement with an office-supply business that relocated to La Mirada.

Read more about Wynder’s departure here.