For the first time since 2014, San Antonio has a permanent City Attorney in place.
During Thursday’s City Council meeting, Andrew Segovia was approved by a unanimous vote as the next City Attorney since Robbie Greenblum vacated the post two years ago. In the interim, Martha Sepeda has been at the helm overseeing such high-profile cases as arbitration with both the San Antonio Police Officers Association and the San Antonio Firefighters Association.
“I’m very excited to be back home. It’s been a while since [me and my family] have been back here. I’ve seen the city grow even though I wasn’t living here. It was fascinating to see the dramatic changes and the quality of life [improve] for the better,” said Segovia.
Segovia’s first official day will be August 29 with an annual salary of $286,500. That makes the incoming City Attorney among the highest salaries on the city’s payroll after the City Manager.
The newly minted City Attorney has a long history of work in the corporate world after 26 years as a lawyer with General Motors. The 57 year-old is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy and will take over the city’s legal wranglings with unions for first responders.
“Police membership is looking at voting on the new contract and we have to wait and see how that goes before we do anything else. Hopefully we can use their ratification as foundation to complete contracts with firefighters,” Segovia said.
Segovia stopped short of outlining any changes he would make to the Office of the City Attorney only saying that he would use this time to better familiarize himself with all the details of the job prior to his first day in office.
Among the key goals for Segovia is establishing the professional demeanor for those who must deal with his office. That would include private citizens as well as members of the municipal government in myriad legal matters.
“Our main objective is to help the City Council and the City Manager to make the quality of life much better,” concluded Segovia. “Leadership for a large legal department for the City of San Antonio includes a number of complex issues and I thought that would be a wonderful professional challenge in my hometown.”
Segovia contended that working so many years in corporate America refined similar skills necessary to undertake the position of City Attorney. He noted that being a fast learner was a key asset to any such calling.
“I believe we have made the best selection for our city in Mr. Segovia,” said Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran (D-3). “Having been able to ask him numerous questions, I want to thank him for his directness and professionalism. I look forward to working with him as we guide our city with his team of attorneys.”
San Antonio is currently the seventh largest city in the nation with exponential population growth expected in the next decade.