LIVERMORE -- John Pomidor, Livermore's city attorney since 2004, spent his last day at City Hall on Friday, no doubt looking ahead to his upcoming backpacking trip in the Sierras.
Pomidor, 57, announced his retirement earlier this spring after 30 years of legal counsel for various cities, including Vallejo, Fremont and Livermore.
"It's the best place I've worked," Pomidor said of Livermore. "It's a good job, but it's time to move on and focus on some other priorities while I'm still young enough to enjoy it."
The Livermore City Council honored Pomidor with a proclamation at its July 8 meeting, recognizing him for his work, as well as his "compassion, dedication, a strong work ethic and a quick wit."
During his career, Pomidor focused on land-use issues, and his time in Livermore included the acquisition of Hagemann Ranch, the annexing of the Livermore and Sandia national labs and overseeing the dissolution of the city's redevelopment agency.
Pomidor also handled projects such as the Downtown First Street streetscape improvements, the El Charro Specific Plan/Premium Outlets mall and the Isabel Road Interchange. He also wrote the ballot language for the conversion of city elections from odd to even years, a move city officials say will save $300,000 per election. Pomidor said he was most proud of seeing downtown revitalization projects come to fruition.
"It's a much more vibrant place that people want to be in than it was 10 years ago," Pomidor said.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Pomidor earned his Juris Doctorate from the Ohio State University School of Law and was admitted to the state bar in 1982. Pomidor has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 31 years, and has two sons, Joseph and Andrew. He said he plans to enjoy retirement by taking time to travel -- including a trip to Spain -- and perform volunteer work.
"I still have the ethic of public service," Pomidor said. "I'll just get to choose the projects I work on a little more directly."
Pomidor made an annual salary of $208,413 in 2011, according to the state controller's office. The City Council has approved a temporary replacement for Pomidor, the city's senior Assistant City Attorney Jason Alcala. Alcala was hired as assistant city attorney in 2004 and has served as senior assistant city attorney since 2011. Alcala earned $178,929 in yearly pay, according to state figures, and will receive a 5 percent monthly raise as acting city attorney.
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