Caplan Named Economic Development Manager; Cowan Named Acting City Attorney

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday December 04, 2007

Michael Caplan, acting manager of the Office of Economic Development, was named as manager, and Zach Cowan, assistant city attorney, was named acting city attorney, said Phil Kamlarz in a memo Monday to the mayor and City Council.  

“[Caplan] is a great advocate for the unique blend of businesses and jobs that Berkeley has to offer,” Kamlarz wrote. He has been with the city since 1989, serving both in the Office of Economic Development and as a neighborhood liaison. 

Cowan will replace Manuela Albuquerque, who retired from her post as city attorney, effective Nov. 30. A member of the city attorney’s office since, 1993, Cowan has been assistant city attorney since 1994.  

“We are happy to have Zach as the acting head of the city attorney’s office,” Kamlarz said. 

Both positions were effective Dec. 2.