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The following article was posted on July 15th, 2014, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 15, Issue 19 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 15, Issue 19

San Luis Obispo County Assistant District Attorney Tim Covello resigns, comes to Santa Barbara County

BY COLIN RIGLEY


BIG MOVE
Tim Covello, a contender for SLO County district attorney who failed to get the necessary votes in June, recently left his assistant district attorney seat there and took a job with the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office.
FILE PHOTO BY STEVE E. MILLER

San Luis Obispo County’s assistant district attorney, Tim Covello, has resigned from his position and transitioned to a new role with the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office.

Covello made the announcement by email to the office and said that his last day would be July 11. However, the office announced the move one day prior and only after various local media outlets reported the resignation.

In a press release, sitting SLO County District Attorney Gerry Shea commended Covello’s leadership skills in the office and noted his role in the prosecution of five defendants who were later sentenced for killing 15-year-old Dystiny Myers.

“Tim’s trial skills and talents are likewise remarkable,” Shea said in a prepared statement. “That’s why he has handled some of our most important cases over the years.”

Covello’s resignation comes about one month after losing the race for SLO County district attorney against colleague Dan Dow, after a heated battle for the county’s top law enforcement position. During the campaign, Shea gave his endorsement to Covello, a move that drew the ire of many deputy district attorneys who had endorsed Dow.

Covello didn’t return an email request for comment.