Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Office History

The Office of County Counsel was established by Ordinance No. 261-g on September 15, 1941. It was originally staffed by three attorneys and one secretary housed in a single room of what is now the historic Riverside County Courthouse. Currently, the office employs 46 attorneys and 24 administrative support staff. The main office is located in the Downtown Law Building. Three satellite facilities are maintained throughout Riverside County as well.  Since the inception of the office there have been eight County Counsels:

Gregory P. Priamos

2014-Present

Pamela J. Walls

2009-2014

Joe S. Rank

2005-2009

William C. Katzenstein

1990-2005

Gerald J. Geerlings

1982-1990

James H. Angell

1978-1982

Ray T. Sullivan

1953-1978

William O. Mackey

1949-1953

Earl Redwine

1941-1949

The office has consistently been well-respected in the legal community. Office alumni include the following judicial officers and public attorneys: Michele D. Levine (Riverside County Superior Court Judge), Suzanne S. Sykes (Riverside County Superior Court Judge), Glenn T. Salter (Orange County Superior Court Judge), Leo A. Deegan (Former Riverside County Superior Court Judge), Gerald F. Schulte (Former Riverside County Superior Court Judge), Joyce M. Reikes (Former Riverside County Superior Court Commissioner), Robert Westmeyer (Napa County Counsel), R. Cliff Lober (Former Napa County Counsel), and Jerry Scheer (Former Costa Mesa City Attorney).