Chief Counsel Hired to Head ACERA Legal Department


Joseph W. Fletcher has been recruited as ACERA’s Chief Counsel, and will begin work during November. As Chief Counsel, Mr. Fletcher reports directly to CEO Vincent P. Brown and serves as legal advisor to the Board of Retirement and ACERA Staff, and represents ACERA in civil cases, advises them in matters of civil law, and manages ACERA’s legal department.

Mr. Fletcher has over 30 years of experience in municipal and public agency law with over 20 years managing public agency legal staffs and outside counsel. During the three years prior to recruitment by ACERA, Mr. Fletcher, through his private practice, served as contract City Attorney for Ojai, CA and Interim City Attorney for Menifee, CA. Preceding this work, Mr. Fletcher spent 14 years serving as City Attorney for the City of Santa Ana, CA and 6 years serving as City Attorney for the City of Burbank, CA. Prior to this experience, Mr. Fletcher served as Deputy City Attorney for the Cities of Anaheim, CA  and Modesto, CA,  as well as Associate Counsel for private litigation firms in Newport Beach, CA.

Mr. Fletcher received his Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, CA, and his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Whittier College in Whittier, CA.