Tony Cippola joins sheriff’s department
June 14, 2012
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson announced he has selected news anchor Tony Cipolla as the public information officer for the department.
Cipolla is slated to began working with the sheriff’s department on July 1 with a starting salary of $70,804 annually, plus benefits. He was chosen because of his high-test scores and good relationships with members of the local media, sheriff officials said in a press release.
“Our vision of an ideal candidate for the PIO position was someone who had connections to the local media, who could enhance the relationship we share with the community, who would bring a fresh perspective and who would be able to balance the sheriff’s office duty of investigating crime with that of keeping the public informed,” the press release says. “It became apparent through the testing process that Tony met every aspect of the ideal candidate we were looking for.”
Cipolla left KSBY in 2010 after 20 years as a reporter-anchor in a contract dispute. Reportedly making $160,000 a year in salary, Cipolla rejected a management request to drop his pay down to $110,000 a year. A few months later, Cipolla began teaching broadcast journalism classes at Cal Poly and working as a co-anchor of the KCOY morning show with Sara Cole.
Cipolla succeeds Rob Bryn who passed away in March.