City finally names new city attorney |

City finally names new city attorney

Michael Schneider

When new City Attorney Catherine DiCamillo takes over on Jan. 20, she said she will devote her energies to managing the city attorney’s office in the most cost-effective manner as possible.

“I want to be able to help our community with the major issues facing it,” she said after accepting the position Wednesday. “I’d like to see the ones in place come to fruition and have others properly addressed.”

DiCamillo, 48, said she is up to date with the major issues in the city such as the airport’s lack of commercial service, the Embassy Suites potential foreclosure and delays in the Park Avenue Project.

“My opinion is the city needs to, and will, do what’s best for the city,” said DiCamillo. “The city is 100 percent committed to the redevelopment efforts that have begun and, as city attorney, I will work diligently to see that those projects come to fruition, and sooner than later.”

DiCamillo, who has lived at Lake Tahoe for 18 years, has worked with the law firm of Feldman, Shaw and DeVore for more than 16 years, including eight as a partner. She graduated from the University of Santa Clara Law School in 1979 and was in private practice for two years before joining the firm.

The new city attorney said she has experience as a leader, serving as the chairperson of the Affirmative Action Commission of South Lake Tahoe, president of the board of directors of the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center and president of Soroptimists International of South Lake Tahoe.

Council member Judy Brown said she thinks the council made a good decision after an involved and comprehensive search.

“I look forward to working with Cathy and I believe she’ll serve the city well,” said Brown.

The process Brown spoke of involved a search for a replacement for outgoing City Attorney Dennis Crabb by Bob Murray of David Griffith and Associates. The council then held a closed session to interview the three finalists, including DiCamillo.

“South Lake Tahoe ended up with one of the strongest candidate pools of finalists I have seen in a long time,” said Murray. “The reputation of the council is highly regarded and attracted many candidates who would have otherwise not applied for a position in such a small city.”

“It was clear Cathy’s combination of experience and local knowledge is the best fit for the city,” said City Manager Kerry Miller, acknowledging the pool of talent from which DiCamillo was selected.

DiCamillo lives in South Lake Tahoe with her husband, Glen Gibb, and their children, Scott, Rebecca and Garrett. Her contract will be ratified on Dec. 16 and her annual salary will be $83,300.

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