Fresno City Attorney Douglas Sloan to Step Down

The Fresno City Council announced Friday that longtime City Attorney Douglas Sloan is leaving for a job in Southern California.

Sloan has worked for the city for 16 years and has served as its chief counsel since 2013.

“City Attorney Sloan has served this city through three mayoral administrations and 14 different councilmembers,” said City Council President Nelson Esparza. “We are grateful for his work and wish him and his family much success in his new role.”

“It will be a challenge to find someone that understands our city’s charter and the strong mayor/city council form of government and understand the local context in which we operate,” said District 3 Council Member Miguel Arias, as quoted by the Fresno Bee. “We are the largest city in the Valley, but we sometimes act like it’s a small town.”

The council is expected to appoint an interim city attorney this month. Esparza also said the City Council plans to declare Douglas Sloan Day during its last council meeting of May.