SLO County court commissioner dies
January 12, 2016
San Luis Obispo Superior County Court Commissioner Stephen Briggs Sefton died Saturday at the age of 67. The cause of Sefton’s death is unclear. [Tribune]
Sefton served as a court commissioner since 2004. As a commissioner, he he presided over traffic, small claims and juvenile drug cases.
Previously, Sefton served as a traffic referee. He began working for San Luis Obispo Superior Court as a traffic referee in 1998.
During his career, Sefton served in the San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles and Grover Beach court branches. The Grover Beach branch is no longer in operation.
Court CEO Susan Matherly said Sefton had a generous spirit and an unwavering positive attitude.
Following Sefton’s death, San Luis Obispo Superior Court now has only one commissioner. In November, Gov. Jerry Brown promoted then-commissioner Gayle Peron to the role of judge.