Malibu’s long-time City Attorney, Christi Hogin, announced in a letter on November 13 to the Mayor and Council that she will retire from her role serving the City effective December 15, 2020.

“I am sorry to see City Attorney Christi Hogin leaving the City after dedicating so many years of hard, work, compassion, knowledge, skills and professionalism serving the community of Malibu. It has been my great pleasure working with her, and I wish her well on this new chapter in life as a proud grandparent,” Mayor Mikke Pierson said.

“Christi is legendary among California cities. She has been instrumental in so many City achievements that it is impossible to list them all. She has been a constant and fierce defender of the City in and out of the courtroom. I believe she has provided the best possible legal guidance to every City Council since Malibu was incorporated, and helped them to achieve their policy goals every step of the way. Personally, she has taught me a lot and I very much appreciate the many conversations we have had on how to achieve the City’s goals.”

Hogin stated in her letter:
“Serving this community has been the highlight of my career. Since I met with the first council-elect in August of 1990, I have dedicated myself to advancing Malibu´s commitment to being a responsible steward of this beautiful piece of California and to protecting local control of this rural residential community. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve every city council elected by the community and honored to have served alongside each city manager since incorporation. I thank you for an extraordinary and professionally satisfying experience. The birth of my first grandson has brought me a whole new priority and I choose now to rearrange my life to spend every moment I can with him. I am confident that I leave the City in good hands with Trevor Rusin and the team at Best Best & Krieger. And, of course, I won´t be far away. My best wishes to the new City Council and may the joy and strength of community always find a home in Malibu.”

The City has a contract with Best Best & Krieger, California‘s largest municipal law firm, to provide city attorney services and many firm lawyers are already handling matters for the City.