Lompoc official arrested in Cambria for domestic violence

June 1, 2022

Alicia Welch


San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Lompoc Fire Chief Alicia Welch in Cambria Sunday evening on a felony domestic violence charge.

Following her arrest, Welch, 55, was booked in the SLO County Jail at 11:42 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office booking log. Welch is no longer in custody.

The city of Lompoc has placed Welch on administrative leave. Welch has a court date scheduled for June 14, according to the booking log.

Authorities have not disclosed any details about the alleged domestic violence.

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Arrested and charged with a felony and she is on paid administrative leave, a paid holiday, paid on our dime while she awaits trial for a felony. Only in the Central Coast do acts of dubious misconduct of public officials are rewarded. If it was the private sector she, it, whatever it is would simply be fired. Grow a pair lompoc city manager and fire this POS.

Another paid vacation called administration leave, government perk, stop it, make them go into work and if nothing else just sit at a desk, if they are going to be paid anyway.

I’m thinking that when violence is involved, it’s best if they stay home.

Maybe a issue if the violence or issue was against a co-worker but that wasnt the case here, plus if it was the person could be made to report to a neutral location, a paid vacation should never be permitted.