SLO County Supervisor Adam Hill resigns as board chair

April 11, 2020

Supervisor Adam Hill


Bowing to community pressure, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill announced on Saturday afternoon he would be relinquishing his role as chairman, while remaining on the board of supervisors.

In a letter emailed to the county, Hill says he looks forward to resuming his responsibility to represent the people of the third district. However, because of health issues, he is relinquishing the board chair position to Supervisor Lynn Compton.

On March 10, Hill chaired a board of supervisors’ meeting, shortly after learning he had likely won reelection.

A day later, the FBI raided Hill’s office at the county government center and his Shell Beach home. About an hour after the last agent left his home, Hill attempted to kill himself.

Since then, Hill has failed to perform his duties as chair and as a member of the board of supervisors.

On March 30, Hill confirmed his attempted suicide in a press release. He then attributed his attempt on his life to the stresses of running for office.

Hill’s resignation letter, which was emailed to SLO County Administrator Wade Horton and County Counsel Rita Neal:

“I’m writing to let you know that I will be participating in the board meeting on April 21st. Because I must dedicate time to continue my recovery, I think it is best to turn over the Chair to Supervisor Lynn Compton, who will continue to do a fine job.

“Additionally, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I will utilize teleconferencing as my Crohn’s disease is an auto-immune illness and I’ve been advised to restrict my exposure. That said, I speak with my legislative assistant Nicole Nix frequently and know she is doing a superb job with our constituents and other matters.

“I look forward to resuming my responsibilities representing the Third District. It is truly an honor to serve in this capacity and it is the job I love. I look forward to concentrating my efforts on our economic recovery, social services and mental health issues. This has been a tough time for so many.

“Thank you for your understanding as I concentrate my energies on my health, my constituents and these important issues.”

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Jorge Estrada

As I remember murder is illegal and attempt murder is illegal too, even if it’s your own life. Someone here needs to be the adult and keep Mr. Hill’s fantasy from being a reality. He is absolutely not eligible to represent San Luis Obispo County at any capacity. His personal path for recovery is his business, if the FBI findings are criminal then that will be for the public to know. The “Public” needs to restore the Board of Supervisors with a consequential replacement for Mr. Hill. If the appointment is a strong opponent to the current Board majority, so be it. This is not about partisan politics but the public as a whole being respectfully served. I am very disappointed with this pandering to the will of ill. Yes I understand compassion but to afford more pain and suffering to a severely crippled race horse is insensitive and poor judgment. Remember we do not serve our Board of Supervisors, they are here to serve us.


“I speak with my legislative assistant Nicole Nix frequently and know she is doing a superb job with our constituents and other matters.”


Starting with Hill’s Facebook page being taken down right around the election, no statements after winning the election, The FBI raid, a suicide attempt and finally the phenomenonal impact the virus has had on SLO County…




Oh if their pillows could talk…


I don’t know exactly how the tribune calls itself a newspaper. Does Hill own the tribune cuz it seems to me they only kowtow or whitewash any of hill’s shortcomings.


Obispan – we won’t be free until Hill and his cabal of corrupt politicians and contractors are behind bars where they belong.


Brevity is the soul of wit.


“Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.”

Mitch C

This is BS. Mr. Hill needs to resign from not only the position as Chair but also from the position of Supervisor. Mr. Hill has been AWOL from his position for months on end, now he expects to telecommute. Why does mr. Hill believe that he can work part time and receive a full time salary? What would happen if several supervisors followed suit and went missing for months on end? Mr. Hill is not representing the citizens of the Third District, he is only representing his own interest. Mr. Hill should resign immediately.


The other shoe has yet to drop.

Erik T

Adam, with all due respect, please have the courage to face the music. Be strong.


Adam Hill “respect” is that supposed to be a joke?

Erik T

Pay attention JThomas, all “due” respect.


The next step in his 12 step program is to step down…. period.