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Notes: Alexandria City Attorney Joanna Anderson announces retirement

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City Attorney Joanna Anderson, a constant presence on the City Council dais since 2018, announced at the meeting last night that she’ll be retiring by the end of the year.

Anderson joined the City Attorney’s Office in 2001 as a law clerk, working up through the ranks and being unanimously appointed as City Attorney in 2018. Since that time, Anderson navigated the city through unprecedented operating changes brought about by the pandemic and legal troubles.

“I want to thank the current and former Mayors, Members of City Council, City Managers and City staff who I have had the honor and privilege to work with, and for, during my years with the City,” Anderson said. “This work has been the highlight of my career and I am thankful for the opportunity I have had to do great work, with great people, for a great organization. I am leaving with both a sense of accomplishment and a sense of excitement for this next stage of my life.”

City leaders expressed their gratitude to Anderson for her work in the city.

“I want to thank Joanna for her years of service to the City,” said Mayor Justin Wilson. “Her keen legal mind and commitment to our community have been critical to our efforts to navigate numerous challenges, and opportunities, we have faced as a City. From operating as a public body during a pandemic to implementing collective bargaining for our employees, we would not have been as successful as a body, or as a City, without her legal advice.”

City Attorney Joanna Anderson (image via City of Alexandria)

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