District Attorney Shea stepping down early
September 24, 2014
San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Gerald Shea announced Wednesday he will retire on Nov. 6. He has recommended the board of supervisors appoint District Attorney Elect Dan Dow to serve out his remaining two months.
“Over the past three and a half months, Dan and I have built a strong and seamless transition process which has enabled our office to move forward,” Shea said. “Giving him enough time to hit the ground running before the first of the calendar year is, in my opinion, in the office and the county’s the best interest.”
The early transition will give Dow time to name a new assistant district attorney, hire four new deputy district attorneys, and to adjust policies in response to significant criminal law changes that take effect Jan. 1, Shea added.
“Wendy and I are excited for Mr. Shea and his wife Allegra as they begin a new chapter in their lives and I wish them much happiness,” Dow said. “Mr. Shea has served our county diligently over the last 37 years and has provided long term stability as the district attorney for the last 16 years.”