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Press Release
County of Orange Seal COUNTY OF ORANGE

Supervisor Cynthia P. Coad, Fourth District

Chair, Board of Supervisors
August 14, 2001
Contact: Diane Thomas
Ben de Mayo Named County Counsel
(Santa Ana) - Benjamin de Mayo, a County attorney for 24 years, was today unanimously named County Counsel by the Board of Supervisors. De Mayo succeeds Laurence Watson who recently retired. De Mayo, 51, has headed the County's litigation team of 39 attorneys for nearly a year. For seven years prior to that, he led County Counsel's land use/infrastructure team. County Counsel has a staff of 98 including 61attorneys. De Mayo reports directly to the Board of Supervisors.

De Mayo was the first legal advisor to the County's public finance office during its development and issuance of more than $1 billion in housing revenue bonds.

His litigation and advisement experience includes all major areas of public law including land use, construction, real property, elections, conflicts of interest, Public Records Act, Ralph M. Brown Open Meeting Act, Joint Exercise of Powers Act, Tort Claims Act, taxation, housing, personnel and environmental law.

"Ben was the ideal candidate for this position," said Cynthia P. Coad, Chair of the Board of Supervisors. "He has vast knowledge of the County and of the law. His leadership has been strong, and his keen analytical sense has benefited this Board on many occasions. He's going to be an even greater resource to us in his new job."

De Mayo received a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California (USC) and his law degree from USC's law school.

The appointment is effective August 24. His salary will be $162,406.