James Mark Myles Replaces David Wooten as San Joaquin County Counsel

The San Joaquin County Counsel’s Office has undergone a changing of the guard just in time for the new year.

Former Assistant County Counsel James Mark Myles assumed the role of his former boss, David Wooten, on Monday. Wooten had spent nearly three decades with the office, including the past seven years as County Counsel, before making his transition into retirement.

Myles, 52, is a U.S. Air Force veteran who began working in the public sector nine years ago. During his time with the county, he has been involved in numerous issues of import, including lawsuits and negotiations surrounding a massive inmate medical facility southeast of Stockton.

Myles says he hopes to continue the esteemed legacy of his predecessor, who received resounding praise from county officials.

“There is no better that I’ve worked with,” said Supervisor Steve Bestolarides of Wooten. Ken Vogel called him a “rock of support.”

Read more about the recent transition at the County Counsel’s Office here.


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