County of San Luis Obispo Elected Officials

County officials are elected on a nonpartisan basis in the direct primary election held in June of each even-numbered year. If no candidate receives more than fifty percent of all votes cast for an office, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes compete in a run-off at the November general election that same year. County officials are elected for four-year terms and judges for six- year terms. Elected officials’ salaries are set by County ordinance with exceptions noted. Officials must be registered voters and residents of the County. Most County offices are housed in the County Government Center Complex on Monterey, Osos, Palm, and Santa Rosa Streets, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408.

Superior Court Judges, the County Board of Education, and the County Superintendent of Schools are not employees of the County government, even though they are elected by the people of San Luis Obispo County. Instead, their agencies are separate entities. The following elected officials are employees of the County government.

County Board of Supervisors
Phone: 781-5450; 1-800 834-4636             Fax: 781-1350
Chambers: 1055 Monterey Street, Rm. D-170, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Offices: 1055 Monterey Street, Rm. D430, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

Members: Five, elected from districts with equal populations.

Term: Four years, terms staggered.

Duties: As the County governing body, enacts all County laws; adopts budgets; appoints certain officials; appropriates funds; approves formal contracts; appoints members of boards and commissions; sets policies for government and various special districts; rules on County General Plan and land use issues. Chairman is elected annually by the Board, on a rotating basis.

Meetings: First four Tuesdays of each month in the Board of Supervisors' Chambers, County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, with the exception of Winter/Summer breaks and the annual CSAC (California State Association of Counties) conference. Sessions are broadcast live on the county government website and cable television (channel 21). TV coverage is replayed periodically throughout the week. Members of the public may address the Board during the public comment period or on agenda items as they come up for discussion. Agendas are available at the meetings and on the Board of Supervisors and Clerk Recorder websites.

Auditor – Controller
Phone: 781-5040             Fax: 546-1220
1055 Monterey St., Room D-220, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

Term: Four years.

Duties: Accounts for all financial transactions; authorizes expenditures by warrants; exercises control over County treasury; audits County departments and special districts. Distributes property taxes to cities, schools, and special districts.

Assessor
Phone: 781-5643             Fax: 781-5641
1055 Monterey St., Room D-360, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

Term: Four years.

Duties: Implements State Revenue and Taxation Code. Assesses all taxable property except utilities, which are assessed by State Board of Equalization; prepares annual assessment rolls; keeps assessment records; administers property tax exemptions. Appeals of assessed valuation are heard by the Assessment Appeals Board.

Treasurer - Tax Collector - Public Administrator
Phone: 781-5842             Fax: 781-1079
1055 Monterey St. Room D-290, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1149, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406-1149

Term: Four years.

Duties: The County Treasurer provides banking and investment services. These services include receiving, verifying, investing, and safekeeping all monies belonging to the County, school districts, and special districts for which the County Treasurer is ex-officio district treasurer. Assists with school, special district, and County issuance of debt. The Tax Collector deposits and accounts for all secured, unsecured, and supplemental property taxes levied by County agencies. Collects business license regulatory fees and transient occupancy tax (bed tax). The Public Administrator, by appointment of Superior Court, handles the estate of someone who has died, if no one is able or willing to do so.

County Clerk - Recorder
Phone: 781-5080             Fax: 781-1111
North County: Phone: 461-6041 Fax: 461-6043
1055 Monterey St., Room D-120, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
North County: 6565 Capistrano Avenue, Atascadero, CA 93422

Term: Four years.

Duties: Clerk of the Board of Supervisors attends all meetings of the Board of Supervisors and Assessment Appeals Boards; prepares and files minutes, final resolutions, and ordinances resulting from those meetings. The County Clerk issues marriage licenses, files fictitious business name statements, and notary bonds, and processes passport applications. Serves as Commissioner of Civil Marriages. The County Recorder records and maintains documents affecting real property and vital documents such as birth, death, and marriage certificates. The Registrar of Voters files and maintains voter registrations, files campaign statements and conflict of interest forms. Conducts county, state, and federal elections, including elections for special districts and school districts.

District Attorney/Victim Witness
Phone: 781-5800
1035 Palm St, 4th floor, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

Term: Four years.

Qualifications: Required to have been admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of California. Required to submit a Statement of Economic Interest at time of filing.

Duties: Serves as public prosecutor; presents evidence to the Grand Jury; assists in Juvenile Court; investigates consumer fraud; aids victims of crimes.

Sheriff - Coroner
Phone: 781-4550
1545 Kansas Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
www.slosheriff.org

Term: Four years.

Duties: The Sheriff serves as law enforcement officer and keeper of the peace in all unincorporated areas in the County. The Coroner directs medical personnel to establish medical facts pertaining to each case to determine circumstances, manner, and cause of violent, sudden, or unusual deaths.