Long-time City Attorney Michael Fitzpatrick plans to retire June 30.
“Evidently, we have worn him out,” stated City Manager Dana Shigley in a recent staff report.
Fitzpatrick took on the task of city attorney in 1980. He has been with the city every since.
“It’s hard for me to imagine that so many years have gone by so quickly,” said Fitzpatrick. “I remember driving into Anderson (in 1980). City Hall was the tallest building in town.”
Fitzpatrick spent his younger years as a Judge Advocate General (JAG). Prior to arriving in Anderson, he lived in Yuba City. There he managed his own private practice until moving to Anderson.
“It’s been a good journey,” Fitzpatrick admitted. “I’ve always enjoyed public law.”
It’s safe to say city official have enjoyed working with Fitzpatrick.
“Mike has been a tremendous asset to the city,” said Shigley, “and his knowledge of issues facing the city will be missed.”
Some of the issues Fitzpatrick handled for the City of Anderson, aside from legal counsel, has been drafting and/or reviewing legal documents, appearance in court on behalf of the city, enforcement of city codes, monitoring state and federal legislation, and other related duties.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with the city of Anderson,” said Fitzpatrick who plans to enter a new phase in life.
“I’m going to travel,” he said. “I’m leaving for Africa in three weeks.”
Mayor Norma Comnick will miss him, she said.
“Mike was our attorney when I came to the Council in 1996,” Comnick stated. “(He) explained to me the duties of the council — which scared me to death. He has always been available to me for questions and has done his best to steer us in the right legal direction. We will miss his expertise in government law.”
As for Fitzpatrick, he’s looking forward to his new lifestyle. “I’m excited,” he said.
But he won’t be going far, according to Comnick. “As the Mayor I always know I can ask him to do our Invocation when needed.”