Rockard “Rocky” Delgadillo has more than 30 years of experience in litigation, economic development transactions, and government law and public policy. Delgadillo served an eight-year tenure, the term limit, as the City of Los Angeles City Attorney. As the city’s chief lawyer and chief criminal prosecutor, he led more than 550 attorneys who comprise the second largest municipal law firm in the nation. He was the first Latino to win citywide office in more than 100 years when he was elected in 2001. Running unopposed, he was re-elected in 2005 to a second four-year term.
During his tenure as City Attorney, Delgadillo implemented a number of innovative programs to further his vision of a better and safer Los Angeles. His top priorities included fighting crime, improving the quality of life in local neighborhoods and reducing the city’s civil liabilities. In his first term, he more than tripled the number of gang injunctions, contributing to a steep decline in crime in affected areas.
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