City Attorney Janice Magdich announced her resignation from the City of Lodi effective June 16, 2023. Janice will be leaving the City of Lodi to serve as in-house legal counsel to the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission, operator of the ACE train, and managing authority of the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority, the administrator of the Amtrack San Joaquin’s intercity passenger rail service.
City Attorney Magdich joined the City of Lodi as the Deputy City Attorney in November 2004 and was appointed City Attorney in June of 2014. During her time with the City Ms. Magdich skillfully handled a number of complex business and litigation matters to successful conclusions including a multi-million dollar settlement of NCPA’s efforts to appropriately apportion costs to the Central Valley Project to water users to Lodi ratepayers benefit, a $32 million settlement with pesticide manufacturers to protect Lodi’s water supply without cost to ratepayers, and drafting ordinances including Measure L which brought nearly $10 million in revenue to the City. She also drafted a novel agreement with the State of California to bring a 50-megawatt power plant to Lodi that will ensure Lodi does not black out again on the hottest days of the year and created the template for the Harmony Homes supportive housing project.
Mayor Mikey Hothi stated, “Janice accomplished much for the City of Lodi and she will be greatly missed, but we are gratified to know her skill will continue to be used in service of our County.”
The City Council is expected to consider appointing Assistant City Attorney Katie Lucchesi as Interim City Attorney at its June 7th regular meeting.