Council Set to Appoint City Attorney

Yibin Shen

Following the retirement of Alameda City Attorney Janet Kern last December, the City of Alameda began a recruitment process for a new City Attorney. From the 15 applications received, the top four candidates were invited to interview with the City Council. At the conclusion of those interviews, Yibin Shen was identified as the top candidate.

“The City Council and I are delighted to announce our unanimous selection of Yibin Shen to be City Attorney for the City of Alameda, effective Monday, May 13,” stated Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft. “Mr. Shen, who is currently Chief Deputy City Attorney for the City of Santa Monica, brings a wealth of valuable legal experience to our City Attorney’s Office. I am confident he will be a great asset to our city.” 

In his role as Chief Deputy City Attorney for the City of Santa Monica, Shen oversees the Code Enforcement and Municipal Divisions, supervises 10 attorneys and five support staff, leads the city’s regulatory prosecutorial efforts and provides legal advice on a wide range of topics, including First Amendment, tenant protections, law enforcement, homelessness, land use, environmental protection, sustainability, conflicts and the Brown Act. Prior to working for the City of Santa Monica, Shen worked in private practice.

Alameda’s City Attorney is appointed by and reports directly to the Mayor and City Council. As the city’s principal legal advisor and attorney, the City Attorney is responsible for administering all legal affairs of the city. 

A special meeting to approve Shen’s appointment as City Attorney took place Tuesday after press time. 

The proposed City Attorney hiring agreement includes an annual salary of $247,000, a relocation allowance of $16,000 and other benefits including a contribution to deferred compensation, health insurance, leave accruals and holiday pay.