At the end of the Feb. 7 Seaside City Council meeting, City Attorney Don Freeman, who has served in role twice for a total of more than 30 years, announced he hoped to retire from the city by the end of June.
"I'm thinking it's time perhaps to do something else with my life," Freeman said.
Mayor Ian Oglesby responded, "That’s hard news to take."
For Freeman, the move has long been contemplated.
"I'm getting up there in years, and I want to be able to do some stuff while I can still move around," Freeman says, adding that when he left Carmel two years ago—he was serving as city attorney in both cities at the time—he made a conscious decision to being ramping down his career.
Freeman says for awhile he considered leaving Seaside last March, but he wanted to make it more than 30 years with the city.
For the time, he says he will continue acting as counsel for the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority and the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments.
At the Feb. 7 meeting, Oglesby said finding a replacement for Freeman will be something the council will address in the coming weeks.