Santa Barbara prosecutor faces gun charge
January 22, 2016
The California Attorney General’s Office has charged the former chief deputy district attorney of Santa Barbara County with possessing an unauthorized firearm in a public building. The charge is a misdemeanor.
Last week, the district attorney’s office announced Chief Deputy District Attorney Paul Greco was no longer employed by the DA’s office. District Attorney Joyce Dudley did not give a reason for Greco’s departure, saying it was a personnel matter.
On Friday, Dudley issued a statement announcing the charge against Greco and stating he may have brought an unloaded firearm into the district attorney’s Santa Maria office.
“After Mr. Greco was already out on leave, it came to my attention that several months ago someone thought Mr. Greco might have brought an unloaded firearm into our Santa Maria office,” Dudley stated. “Recognizing that the investigation and potential prosecution of this act created a conflict of interest, I personally reported this to both the sheriff’s office and the attorney general’s office.”
After Greco left the Santa Barbara district attorney’s office, former San Luis Obispo County prosecutor and district attorney candidate, Tim Covello, at least temporarily assumed the role of acting chief deputy district attorney. On Tuesday, Covello was appointed to the position of court commissioner in SLO County.