Saturday, April 22, 2017     Volume: 31, Issue: 39

Weekly Poll
Are you concerned about the recent deaths in the SLO County jail?

Yes, there are obviously some very severe problems and we need a change in leadership.
Yes, but more people die in local hospitals than in our jail. A few deaths per year is to be expected.
No, I think the press is exaggerating. These things happen.
No, I'm not concerned. These people are criminals.

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Assistant D.A. Covello will run against Dow in June


Tim Covello, who was recently promoted to second in command at the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office, has thrown his hat into the ring to become the county's district attorney in 2015.

He’s worked as lead prosecutor in a number of high-profile cases, including the successful 2013 prosecution of the five defendants responsible for the murder of 15-year-old Dystiny Myers; the county’s first cold murder case of Peter Derks; and alongside now-judge John Trice in the death penalty case against SLO County’s most infamous serial killer, Rex Krebs.

Known for his aggressive and often intense courtroom style, Covello has been seen for a number of years as a likely successor to longtime D.A. Gerry Shea, who’s run the office for more than 15 years.

“I have dedicated the last 20 years to my family and to serving our community in San Luis Obispo County by improving public safety, maintaining the highest standards and constantly improving the District Attorney’s office,” Covello wrote on his website, “As a trial deputy district attorney, Felony Trial Team Leader, Chief Deputy District Attorney and currently as the Assistant District Attorney (second in command to the elected District Attorney), I am proud to have been entrusted with the most difficult and challenging issues faced by victims, the District Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement community.”

“My commitment to the people of San Luis Obispo County is demonstrated by a twenty year record of innovation and creative approaches to public safety,” the page reads. “Now, more than ever, our community needs responsible, creative and proven leadership to forge the kind of criminal justice partnerships that will find solutions to the challenges ahead of us.”

Covello has lived in the county since 1993 with his wife and two daughters.

He will face current Deputy D.A. Dan Dow, who, as of press time, is the only other member of the office to file papers to run for the post in the June 2014 primary election. The victor of the race won’t take over the office until January 2015.