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San Luis Obispo County, California

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Our Team

 

 

OUR TEAM

 

 

 DAN DOW 

DAN DOW  
DISTRICT ATTORNEY, SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
 

Dan Dow was elected District Attorney of San Luis Obispo County on June 3rd, 2014 and assumed office on November 7, 2014.  Dan is an Army veteran and a career prosecutor dedicated to protecting victims, ensuring justice and reducing crime in our community.

While serving in the US Army, Dan attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California where he became fluent in the Korean language and earned the Martin J. Kellogg Award for his achievement as the top graduate in his class.

After completing his service in the active Army, Dan attended California State University, Hayward where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.  Dan later attended Santa Clara University School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate.

Dan continues his military service as a reserve officer in the rank of Major in the California Army National Guard. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal during his deployment to Iraq under Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.  Dan was also deployed to Kosovo under Operation Enduring Freedom.

As a career prosecutor, Dan has focused on prosecuting domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse crimes where he seeks to bring justice for victims of particularly devastating crimes that are committed against those least capable of protecting themselves. He considers it a high calling and a privilege to serve victims and to hold offenders accountable for their actions.

Dan played a vital role as a part of the collaborative team that brought Veterans Treatment Court to San Luis Obispo County. Launched in June of 2013, the SLO Veterans Treatment Court seeks to address the growing number of veterans entering the criminal justice system as a result of traumatic experiences they endured while in the military.  The unique Veteran’s Treatment Court seeks to rehabilitate veteran offenders, reduce recidivism and reduce costs to the taxpayers.

Dan and his wife Wendy, a local small business owner and reading instructor, have been married for 23 years and reside in Templeton. They have two children, Chloe and Jedidiah.

 

  

LEE CUNNINGHAM
ASSITANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Lee Cunningham is a career prosecutor, who began his employment with the office on July 22, 1985.  He was appointed the Assistant District Attorney in November of 2014.

As the Assistant District Attorney, his duties include serving as the office's Public Information Officer and  Grand Jury liason.  He is responsible for Public Records Act compliance; extradition review; and the review of all homicide cases for filing.  He is also assigned to the Public Integrity cases, as well as Brown Act and Fair Political Practices enforcement.  He chairs the SLO county Human Trafficking Task Force, as well as the Intimate Partner Violence Coalition.  His supervision duties include the Victim/Witness Assistance Division; the Economic Crime Division; the Juvenile Unit; the Sexual Assault Unit; the Environmental/Consumer Unit; and the Mentally Disordered Offender Unit.

As a Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Cunningham successfully prosecuted a number of homicide and serious cases, including the successful prosecution of Kaylee Weisenberg for the Second Degree Vehicular Murder of California Highway Patrol Officer Bret Oswald.  He has been a member of the California District Attorneys Association's Legislation Committee since 1997.

Prior to joining the District Attorney's office, Mr. Cunningham served as a Correctional Officer at the California Mens Colony (1971-1972) and as a Police Officer for the City of San Luis Obispo (1973-1979).  He was in Private Practice from 1979 to 1985.
Mr. Cunningham received his Bachelor's Degree in 1971 from Minot State University (N.Dak.) in 1971, and his Juris Doctor Degree from the Central Coast College of Law in 1978.

LEE CUNNINGHAM 
 

  

 SHERYL WOLCOTT

SHERYL WOLCOTT
CHIEF DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Sheryl Wolcott received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego and her law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law.  She has been a prosecutor since 1996, when she began her career at the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.  Sheryl was a supervising attorney at the San Mateo District Attorney's Office for three years before joining the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office in 2007. 

Throughout her career, she has held a variety of misdemeanor and felony assignments, including several years prosecuting domestic violence cases.  She has successfully tried a range of serious crimes, including robbery, arson, criminal threats, stalking, and attempted murder.  Sheryl has been a Chief Deputy District Attorney since 2013.  She heads the domestic violence unit and the misdemeanor unit, manages information technology, office automation and support staff, and oversees Brady compliance.

 

 

 

JERRET GRAN
CHIEF DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Jerret Gran received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Westmont College in 1989 and his Juris Doctorate from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1993.

Mr. Gran joined the Madera County District Attorney's Office where he prosecuted misdemeanor and felony cases.  Since 1998, he has been with the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office.  In 2008, he was appointed Chief Deputy.  He supervises the felony filing unit, EDP (Early Disposition Program) unit, and the felony trial unit which is composed of general felonies, major narcotics, gangs, elder abuse and crimes against police officers. 

 

 

 Jerret Gran
 

 

 BILL HANLEY

William Hanley
CHIEF INVESTIGATOR

Chief Investigator Bill Hanley is a 36 year veteran of law enforcement.  He began his law enforcement career in 1980 with the San Luis Obispo Police Department.  During his six years with the Police Department, he served as a uniformed patrolman, Narcotics Detective, and Crimes Against Persons Detective.

1986 Bill transferred to the San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Investigation, and was assigned to the Major Crimes Unit.  In 1988 he rose to the rank of Assistant Chief Investigator.  As Assistant Chief, Bill was a working supervisor assigned to assist all city and county law enforcement agencies in the investigation and subsequent prosecution of all homicides, officer-involved incidents, and major crimes.

In 2005, Bill was appointed as Chief Investigator for the San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s Office.  He oversees the daily operation and resource allocation for the Bureau of Investigation.  He manages a staff of 15 full-time Investigators.

Chief Investigator Hanley holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sacramento State University and a management certificate from POST.  He is an instructor of criminal law and administration of justice classes. 

 

 

 

KIMBERLY HANSON
ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES OFFICER

Kimberly received an Associate’s Degree from College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita and started undergraduate work at Cal State University Northridge.  After moving to San Luis Obispo, she continued her education and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Organizational Management from the University of LaVerne. 

Kimberly was employed by the Los Angeles Superior Court, Santa Clarita Division from 1982 to 1994.  She began employment with the court as a student intern, promoting to a clerk and then supervisor in the traffic, civil, small claims and criminal divisions, eventually being promoted to Assistant Court Administrator.  Her family moved from Santa Clarita to beautiful San Luis Obispo County in 1995. 

After a ten year hiatus staying home to focus on raising  children, Kimberly returned to the work force with Cumberland, Coates and Duenow, LLP.  In 2007 she started  employment with the San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s Office as a Legal Clerk, promoted to supervisor and now enjoy the position as the Administrative Services Officer.   
 
Kimberly's responsibilities at the District Attorney’s Office include managing recruitments, processing payroll and benefits, generating performance evaluations, supervising support staff, discrimination and harassment coordinator, resource for media inquiries, and records retention management. 

 

 

 

KIMBERLY HANSON 
 

 

 DIANA MCPARTLAN

DIANA MCPARTLAN
DIRECTOR OF VICTIM WITNESS

Diana Worthington-McPartlan was raised on the Central Coast and graduated from Arroyo Grande High School and Cuesta College where she earned an A.S. Degree in Administration of Justice.  She also attended Sacramento State University and earned coursework towards a degree in Criminal Justice. 

Diana’s experience began in 1981 when she was an intern with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.  She later volunteered with the Rape Crisis Center in San Luis Obispo County where she assisted victims of sexual assault.  She was employed as a group counselor for emotionally disturbed adolescents at a treatment center and a couple of group homes in Citrus Heights, California. She was an intern with Yuba County Probation Department working with adult/juvenile probationers as well as runaway youth and later worked for the Placer County District Attorney’s Office as a Victim/Witness Advocate.  While her two children were attending Paso Robles High School, Diana worked as a Campus Assistant where she supervised the in-house school suspension program and worked with at-risk students.  She began serving our community as a victim witness advocate in July of 2006.  In 2011 she became an Assistant Director and in 2016 was selected by District Attorney Dow to be the Director of the Victim & Witness Assistance Center. 

Diana is responsible for managing a staff of approximately 20 employees who annually serve more than 6000 victims of crime and their family members.  She oversees a range of special victim service programs including:  domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, crime victims with disabilities, victim compensation, and victim resources. Several of these programs are funded by state and/or federal grant funds. 

In addition, Diana is involved in several committees including:  Intimate Partner Violence Coalition, Human Trafficking Task Force, Crime Stoppers, and the California Men’s Colony Advisory Board