SLO County DA’s Office lacks civility
May 5, 2014
OPINION By LESLIE SANDS
In 2006, I worked at the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.
I found the environment lacking civility, appropriate supervision and common decency. A departmental supervisor relentlessly hounded me with her unbridled and caustic intimidation. This behavior permeated the office. It astounded me.
A deputy district attorney within the office even encouraged me to take legal action against the supervisor. At least five other office workers prepared a joint complaint concerning the supervisor but withdrew filing out of fear of retaliation. Another employee required prescription medications to cope with the antagonistic situation (she too has since left the office). All this took place under the current leadership.
Ultimately, I resigned to escape that repressive environment.
I feel tremendous empathy for those left behind and support the courageous step they have taken by their endorsement of Dan Dow for district attorney. These hardworking men and women in the DA’s office deserve better leadership. I believe Dan Dow, who acknowledges the in-house morale issues, will transform the office into an atmosphere where new hires are encouraged and seasoned employees feel safe and appreciated.
Leslie Sands is a former employee of the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office. She is also a Bloodhound volunteer who formerly worked with the San Luis Obispo Police Department and currently volunteers with Woods Humane Society.