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San Luis Obispo County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Office 4

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Tim Covello

Superior Court Commissioner
50,077 votes (63.86%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Promote greater collaboration between the court, members of the bar (legal community) and other community stakeholders.
  • Be faithful to the Constitutional principle that the role of government is to protect the rights of its citizens and public safety.
  • Protect the independence and integrity of the court, and our democracy, by adhering to the proper role of the court, as defined by the Constitution, and the rule of law.



Profession:Superior Court Commissioner
Superior Court Commissioner, Superior Court of the State of California — Appointed position (2016–current)
Deputy District Attorney and Chief Deputy District Attorney, Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office (2014–2016)
Assistant District Attorney, San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office (2013–2014)
Chief Deputy District Attorney, San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office (2007–2013)
Deputy District Attorney, San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office (1993–2007)
Civil litigator, Pillsbury Madison and Sutro (1990–1992)


University of Wisconsin Juris Doctorate (J.D.), Law (1990)
University of California, Berkeley Bachelor of Arts, Legal Studies (1984)


Commissioner Tim Covello was raised in Bakersfield and graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1979. While at Bakersfield High, he was president of the Key Club, captain of the track team and a member of the debate team.

Tim attended the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies.  After graduating Cal, to put himself through law school, Tim worked for four years at a variety of jobs, including packing yeast in a yeast plant, managing a process serving division of a legal services company, and for more than three years, working in and managing a lumber yard.

Tim continued his study of law at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, earning his J.D. in 1990.   During law school, he taught legal research and writing and clerked part time for the Hon. Judge Barbara J. Crabb, Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

 He began his legal career as a civil litigator at the respected law firm of Pillsbury Madison and Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop) in San Francisco, where he represented large corporations and banks in both state and federal courts.  He also worked pro bono, representing indigent clients in unlawful detainer cases and for the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office (including trying his first jury trial and appellate matter for the Public Defender’s Office).

Tim is currently a Commissioner for the Superior Court, having been unanimously elected to that position two years ago by the judges of the Superior Court.  As a Commissioner, he has presided over thousands of cases, including criminal, mentally disordered offender, small claims, traffic, family treatment, juvenile truancy, and juvenile drug treatment.  Prior to his election as Commissioner, he was a 23-year criminal prosecutor, successfully prosecuting some of the County’s most complex and high-profile cases, including 12 defendants for capital murder (People v. Rex Allen Krebs, the murderers of National Guardsman Michael Sotelo, People v. Derks (the county’s first cold-hit DNA murder case), and the 5 defendants for the torture murder of 15 year old Dystiny Myers), and successfully litigating in the California Court of Appeals and California Supreme Court. As Superior Court Commissioner, Assistant District Attorney, Chief Deputy District Attorney and prosecutor for more than 20 years, he has worked collaboratively with law enforcement and other agencies to improve the criminal justice system in our County.    

Commissioner Covello’s candidacy has been endorsed by 31 judges, appellate court justices and judicial officers, including 12 of 13 judges currently sitting on the Superior Court, and Justice Martin J. Tangeman.  He is also supported by police chiefs, police associations, deputy district attorneys and other law enforcement, as well as elected officials, labor unions and members of the community.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Endorsed by 31 judges and judicial officers, including 12 of the 13 current San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judges
  • SLO County Sworn Deputy Sheriff's Association
  • Police associations for Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach and SLO

Elected Officials (9)

  • Bruce Gibson, Supervisor, County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors, District 2
  • Frank Mecham, Supervisor, County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors, District 1 (Ret.)
  • Steve Martin, Mayor of Paso Robles
  • Carlyn Christianson, Vice Mayor, San Luis Obispo City Council
  • Jan Howell Marx, Former Mayor of San Luis Obispo, Attorney at Law
  • Gere W. Sibbach, County Auditor-Controller (Ret.)
  • Kristen Barneich, Arroyo Grande City Council
  • Gerry T. Shea, District Attorney for San Luis Obispo County (Ret.) • Joyce Dudley, District Attorney for Santa Barbara
  • Bill Monning, Senator, 17th District

Individuals (24)

  • Phil & Kathy Cohl
  • Susan Dressler
  • Jim & Elaine Gardiner
  • Bev Gingg
  • Clay Hall
  • Dee & John Lacey
  • Leslie & Gregg Menges
  • Judy Money
  • Michael Morris
  • Ziyyad Nacasha
  • Nina Negranti & Mark Cali
  • Pete Pepper
  • Lisa Ray Outram
  • John Ronca
  • Dr. Ping Tsao
  • Betsy Umhofer
  • Paul Clark
  • Albert & Pina Calizo
  • Dr. Rushdi Cader
  • Jim Brabeck
  • Shirley Bianchi
  • Ira & Marsha Alpert
  • 19 Deputy District Attorneys (current and retired)
  • Rosemary Wrenn

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