Tim Covello appointed SLO Superior Court Commissioner
January 21, 2016
The San Luis Obispo County Superior Court judges voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint former Assistant District Attorney Tim Covello to replace Stephen Sefton. Sefton passed away on Jan. 9 after a brief illness.
Because of the untimely death of Sefton, the court moved quickly in the hiring process. The law permits the court to hire a commissioner without putting the job out to applicants.
In July, Covello, 52, resigned from the SLO County District Attorney’s Office after losing a bid for district attorney to Dan Dow. Covello served as a local district attorney for more than 20 years before accepting a position at the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office.
Covello will preside over a variety of calendars including traffic, small claims, juvenile drug court, family treatment court and truancy cases. He will begin his employment with the superior court on Feb. 22.