Assistant District Attorney Tim Covello has resigned from his position in San Luis Obispo County and transitioned to a new role with the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office.
Covello made the announcement by email to the office, saying that his last day would be July 11. However, the office announced the move one day prior and only after various local media reported the resignation.
In a press release, sitting District Attorney Gerry Shea commended Covello’s leadership skills in the office and noted his role in the prosecution of five defendants who were later sentenced for killing 15-year-old Dystiny Myers.
“Tim’s trial skills and talents are likewise remarkable,” Shea said in a prepared statement. “That’s why he has handled some of our most important cases over the years.”
Covello’s resignation comes about one month after losing the race for district attorney against colleague Dan Dow, after a heated battle for the county’s top law enforcement position. During the campaign, Shea gave his endorsement to Covello, a move that drew the ire of many deputy district attorneys who had endorsed Dow.
Covello did not return an email request for comment.