San Pablo appoints Lynn Nerland as new city attorney

San Pablo appoints Lynn Nerland as new city attorney

The San Pablo City Council on Monday officially appointed  Lynn Tracy Nerland as city attorney.

Nerland, who will earn a starting base salary of $212,000 annually, replaces former City Attorney Brian Libow, who retired in December after 24 years of service.

Nerland was most recently city attorney for Antioch, a position she had held since 2006. She previously held numerous executive municipal legal positions in the City of Emeryville/ Emeryville Redevelopment Agency and City of Pleasanton.

She has also served as the president of the Contra Costa City Attorneys Association, and is a member of the California Bar.

Nerland earned a Bachelor’s degree in history and graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in 1986. She also earned a Juris Doctorate from University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco in 1990.

“We are very excited about Ms. Nerland’s professional reputation, skill-set, and municipal legal experience which spans over 17 years working in municipalities within Alameda and Contra Costa Counties,” San Pablo Mayor Kathy Chao Rothberg said in a statement. “It was a very competitive recruitment process. What was evident to us is that Ms. Nerland is an accomplished municipal legal professional bringing with her over 25 years of public and private experience.”

San Pablo City Manager Matt Rodriguez said Nerland has “an incredible professional reputation, work ethic, and is a highly respected municipal attorney among her governmental peers.”

Nerland’s official start date is June 1.