Former San Jose City Attorney Rick Doyle, who retired earlier this month after a 20-year career with the city, has died from cancer. He was 65.
Mayor Sam Liccardo issued a prepared statement Monday evening honoring his passing, calling the lifelong civil servant one of the city's “greatest champions.”
“Rick made a career out of fighting for our city,” the mayor wrote, “but through the toughest of battles—including his own courageous struggle against cancer—he never allowed himself to be anything less than the incredibly kind, thoughtful, good-spirited person that made him so beloved as a colleague and a friend. I will miss him enormously, and my heart goes out to [his wife] Beckie and his family.”
Doyle was appointed to chief counsel in 2000 and officially stepped down on Aug. 8.