Antioch Council to hire new City Attorney at meeting, Tuesday night

By Allen Payton

The Antioch City Council will vote to hire a new City Attorney at their meeting, tonight, Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Mayor Wade Harper announced in a news release on Monday that Michael Vigilia, the Assistant City Attorney in Hayward has agreed to all contract terms and the Council is set to approve the contract at the meeting.

According to the news release, Vigilia became Hayward’s Assistant City Attorney in 2011 and has balanced litigation, transactional and advisory responsibilities, and served as legal advisor to the Public Works and Maintenance Services, and Police Departments. He recently advised the Hayward City Council on Prop. 218 and 26 issues related to the creation of a community benefit district in the downtown area. He had previously advised on legislation involving the regulation of outdoor feeding events, overnight camping on City-owned property, illegal dumping and simulated gambling devices.

Prior to his position in Hayward, Vigilia was the Deputy City Attorney for Fresno where he served as City Prosecutor and was appointed Special Deputy District Attorney. He represented the City of Fresno in Code Enforcement proceedings related to serious health and safety violations and served as legal adviser to the Police Department.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Vigilia had also previously worked as a Deputy District Attorney for Tulare County and in the Law Office of Reynaldo G. Santos. He earned his law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2003 and graduated from UCLA in 1999 with a degree in American Literature.

“After conducting a series of interviews with city attorney candidates it became clear that Mike rose to the top as having the background and experience we were searching for,” said Harper.

Vigilia’s compensation package includes an annual salary of $180,000 and a one year severance package. He is set to begin working for Antioch this month.

The Antioch City Council meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be held in the Council Chambers at West 3rd and H Streets in downtown. Meetings can be viewed on Comcast Cable Channel 24 or live stream via the city’s website at

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