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May 28, 2010 > County Board appoints Miguel Marquez as County Counsel

County Board appoints Miguel Marquez as County Counsel

Submitted By Gwen Mitchell

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors announced on May 14 the appointment of Miguel Marquez as the County Counsel. Marquez has served as Acting County Counsel since July 6, 2009, and previously served for a year as Assistant County Counsel, providing advice and counsel to various County departments and to the Board of Supervisors.

"Miguel has managed the County Counsel's Office superbly and provided sound legal advice to the Board in several important areas," said Supervisor Ken Yeager, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. "We know he will be an effective leader as County Counsel."

"It's a tremendous honor to serve as the Board of Supervisor's chief legal advisor and it's a privilege to work with the staff of one of the best public law offices in the nation," said Marquez. "I look forward to serving the Board and the County in this new role and will do my level best to ensure the County Counsel's Office continues to provide top notch legal services to the County and to all the other public agencies it serves."

As Acting County Counsel, Marquez oversaw all aspects of the 59-attorney Office of the County Counsel. He has worked closely with the Board of Supervisors on a range of innovative initiatives, including reinvigorating the County's FAST program to identify, investigate and prevent elder financial abuse, developing a drug take-back system for the County's Health & Hospital System and spearheading public health measures aimed at reducing childhood obesity.

Marquez, who is 43 years old, earned a Juris Doctor degree from UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where he received the AmJur Award as the top student in Accounting and Finance. He also holds a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in Public Policy from Stanford University.

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