Glen Googins was elected as Chula Vista’s first elected City Attorney in June 2010 and assumed office on December 7, 2010. City Attorney Googins was recently re-elected and sworn into office December 9, 2014. As City Attorney, Mr. Googins is committed to provide the City with high quality, unbiased legal advice, support the efficient delivery of City services, fairly interpret and apply City laws, protect taxpayer resources, improve the flow of information between the City and its citizens, and ensure the City itself complies with the law.
Mr. Googins received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in 1985 and his law degree from Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley) in 1988. His early law practice focused on real estate, business and tax matters. In 1992 Mr. Googins left private practice to pursue public service, and in 1993 he took a job with the City of Chula Vista as a Deputy City Attorney. Over the next 11 years Mr. Googins served as the primary lawyer for the City’s redevelopment and affordable housing agencies. He was also lead counsel on many of the City’s major real estate, business and franchise transactions. Notable projects during this time period include the development of the Coors (now Sleep Train) Amphitheater and long-term Franchise Agreements with the City’s cable television, solid waste disposal and energy providers. During this time Mr. Googins rose to the position of Senior Assistant City Attorney, second in command at the City Attorney’s office. He left the City in 2004, and during the next six years ran his own legal practice based in downtown Chula Vista.
Mr. Googins is active in the community, especially through his membership and participation with the Chula Vista Rotary Club. He has also served on the boards of many local non-profits, including Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation, Third Avenue Village Association, and the Friends of Chula Vista Parks and Recreation. Mr. Googins is a member of the California, San Diego County and South Bay Bar Associations. He also recently completed his term as President of the City Attorneys Association of San Diego County.
Though originally from Connecticut, Googins has called the San Diego area his home for 25 years, the last 21 as a resident of Chula Vista. He currently resides in the Chula Vista community of Eastlake with his wife Maria Elena, and two of their four children, with two away at college.