City of Corona City Attorney – Now In-House

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

People are searching to find out about the City Attorney of the City of Corona.  While the person did not change, recently, the form of City Attorney changed from outside counsel to an in-house City Attorney and an in-house City Attorney’s Office.  The Press-Enterprise reported on December 31, 2012 that the City Attorney would be moving in-house.  The story says

The new legal team includes [Dean] Derleth, a separate full-time attorney, a part-time attorney, a paralegal and a clerk.

A search of the State Bar website shows three in-house attorneys with the City of Corona at the time of this posting, City Attorney Dean Derleth, John Higginbotham and Jamie Raymond.  All, prior to the creation of the in-house positions, were attorneys for Riverside municipal law firm Best Best & Krieger LLP.  When I was a contract neutral and unbiased hearing officer for the City of Colton on an as-needed basis from May 19, 2011 through June 30, 2012, Dean Dertleth was the City Attorney.  John Higginbotham was the Deputy City Attorney for the City of Colton representing City staff in the hearing.  I have never worked with Jamie Raymond in any capacity.

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