Santa Barbara prosecutor faces gun charge

January 22, 2016
Paul Greco

Paul Greco

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.


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12 Comments

  1. JTKirk says:

    Hmmm… Affair with a subordinate…. Sound familiar, Mr. Gibson?

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  2. south says:

    I think this article more fully explains the situation:

    http://www.independent.com/news/2015/dec/18/lead-prosecutor-placed-leave-after-workplace-affai/

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    • mej says:

      Nope. That article only raised more questions. 1. Who is that woman who had the affair and reported her husband as abusive and then changed her mind. 2. Was that woman also the one who reported Greco as having an unloaded gun? Don’t dip your pen into the company ink folks.

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  3. r0y says:

    “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,”

    Is this how they pay for him to leave? This is low-hanging fruit for a half-way decent lawyer. “Someone” *thought* he *might* have… wow, well, it was brought to my attention that somewhere, someone thought the incompetent boobs are running the asylum, so I’m going to have to ask you to resign.

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  4. mej says:

    Hell hath no fury like a scorned woman.

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  5. SLOBIRD says:

    Sounds like already had it in for him and the gun issue was an add-on feature. Gotta love politians!

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  6. T-Bone says:

    Could someone please clue me in as to what anything in that last paragraph has to do with each other? Did I miss something?

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    • Jorge Estrada says:

      I think someone is trying to point out that Covello has a recent history of getting some poor soul’s job. I see nothing wrong with being available when the opportunity arises.

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  7. joseywales says:

    jamies got a gun……whole world’s come undone…..

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  8. Stunned says:

    “several months ago someone thought Mr. Greco might have brought an unloaded firearm into our Santa Maria office”. So based on a rumor we might or we might not have cause to but, on the other hand……….

    Somebody grow a pair down there and tell us why the hell he’s in trouble!

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