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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 07/01/2010
Subject :

City of Palo Alto's City Attorney to Retire in October 2010
Contact : Gary Baum, City Attorney    650-329-2171
Pat Burt, Mayor    650-388-8639
Palo Alto, CA – The City of Palo Alto is announcing that Gary Baum, City Attorney since July 2004, will retire in October after six years with the City. The City Attorney is one of four Council-Appointed Officers at the city. 

During his tenure as City Attorney, Baum has been responsible for reducing outside counsel costs. In addition to his cost cutting efforts, he has assembled a capable staff to serve the Council, staff and resident’s legal needs. Additionally, Baum has assisted the City in resolving many legal problems over the past six years.

Mayor Pat Burt said, "Gary has been committed to minimizing legal risks to the City and he is regarded highly by his peers."

“Gary is a dedicated public servant and our entire Executive Leadership Team wishes him the best in the next phase of his career,” James Keene City Manager said.

“I have been honored to serve as Palo Alto’s City Attorney and am proud of the work that my staff and I have done on behalf of the City over these past 6 years,” said Gary Baum, City Attorney. “My tenure has been an incredible opportunity for me to serve the City and its residents; however, now I’m ready to pursue my interest in tackling municipal law in a different format, either by joining a law firm or starting my own practice.”

Baum has worked in the public law field for 25 years. He was named Pro Bono Attorney of the year by the Santa Clara County Bar Association in 2007 and was given the Access to Justice Award by the Pro Bono Project in 2009 for work on behalf of domestic violence victims. Retiring from the City will afford Baum the opportunity to spend more time on pro bono legal work.

“While in Palo Alto, I was fortunate to be able to assemble a team of smart, practical and hardworking people who are dedicated to serving this city,” Baum added. “I am pleased to leave this organization on a high note, knowing that the City Attorney’s office is left in the capable hands of this professional staff.”

Recruitment for Baum’s replacement will begin prior his departure to allow adequate time to hire a successor and facilitate a smooth transition. 

Baum’s last day with the City will be October 31, 2010.