9/8/2021 City of Mountain View Media Release City of Mountain View
Office of the City Manager
500 Castro St., 3rd Floor
Mountain View, CA 94039

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Mountain View City Attorney Krishan Chopra Announces Retirement
Contact : Lenka Wright
Chief Communications Officer

Chopra has dedicated more than 20 years to public service, including 12 years with the City of Mountain View

Mountain View, Calif. — City Attorney Krishan Chopra announced his intentions to retire at the end of 2021. Chopra’s announcement comes after a 12-year legal career with the City of Mountain View, including serving as City Attorney since July 2019. Chopra’s last day will be Dec. 29, 2021.

“The past two years, City Attorney Chopra has led the Mountain View’s legal services team with integrity and the upmost professionalism,” said Mayor Ellen Kamei. “On behalf of the City Council, I thank him for his exemplary legal contributions that have greatly benefited our city for more than a decade. Please join me in wishing City Attorney Chopra the very best in his retirement.”

“It has been the highest honor of my career to serve the City Council and the City of Mountain View,” said Chopra. “I will always be inspired by the Council’s bold leadership with the many complex issues facing Mountain View, and the Council’s commitment to protecting the legal interests of the City and its residents. I would like to express my deep appreciation to the Council, Council appointees, department heads and staff for the opportunity to work alongside and learn from such talented leaders and professionals. I would also like to acknowledge the skillful staff in the City Attorney’s Office who perform their duties at the highest level of effort and excellence as they assist the Council and City departments in achieving their ambitious goals.”

As City Attorney, Chopra oversees a staff of five attorneys, two code enforcement officers and two legal support staff. Under Chopra’s leadership, the City Attorney’s Office had many significant accomplishments in support of the City’s legal needs including extending eviction protections for rental tenants and clarifying the impact of the Statewide eviction moratorium; assisting with standing up an urgently needed COVID-19 vaccination site at the Mountain View Community Center and facilitating the expansion of outdoor business regulations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; supporting the rapid rollout of Project Homekey and safe parking programs; drafting a gun safety ordinance to prohibit the possession of firearms on City property; drafting an ordinance prohibiting smoking in multi-unit residences; and collaborating with the City of Palo Alto and Santa Clara Valley Water District on a long-term agreement to develop beneficial uses for recycled wastewater.

A Mountain View resident since 2009, Chopra has more than 20 years of experience in representing public agencies. He joined the City of Mountain View in 2009 as an Assistant City Attorney, was promoted to Senior Assistant City Attorney in 2015, and then appointed by the Council as City Attorney in 2019. Previously, Chopra had served as Deputy County Counsel for Napa County after he had represented public agencies in southern California in private practice. Chopra is a graduate of Colgate University and Loyola Law School.

Chopra said upon retirement, he plans to explore new directions in his career, focus on family matters and pursue personal interests.

The City Attorney is one of three positions, along with the City Manager and City Clerk, that are directly appointed by the City Council. The City Attorney represents and advises the Council, advisory bodies and City departments in matters of law related to City business.

The Council will begin discussions on next steps for hiring a new City Attorney in the coming weeks.

Photo of Krishan Chopra

About the City of Mountain View
Located between the Santa Cruz Mountains and San Francisco Bay, Mountain View is a diverse community with an estimated population of 82,814. Mountain View covers just over 12 square miles, featuring over 1,000 acres of park and wildlife areas including the 750-acre wildlife and recreation area called Shoreline at Mountain View. In the heart of Silicon Valley, Mountain View is home to a vibrant downtown and headquarters to many nationally and internationally known corporations including Google, LinkedIn, Intuit and NASA Ames Research Center. For more information, visit MountainView.gov.

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