The District 1 Team

Supervisor John Peschong

Picture of Supervisor John PeschongSupervisor John Peschong was sworn in on January 3, 2017 to serve a 4-year term as the San Luis Obispo County First District Supervisor. The First District includes the City of Paso Robles as well as the communities of Templeton, Adelaida, Roblar, Heritage Ranch, San Miguel, Shandon, Oak Shores, Cholame and Whitley Gardens.

As a County Supervisor, John served two years as Chairman of the Board in 2017 and 2018. John currently serves as an appointee to the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), Golden State Finance Authority and Cal-ID Board. He is also serving as the Vice Chair of the Air Pollution Control District, Vice President of San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLO COG) and sits on the board of the Consolidated Oversight Board and Integrated Waste Management Authority. John previously served on the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), the Latino Outreach Council, the Homeless Services Oversight Council and the Economic Vitality Corporation.

A third-generation Californian, Peschong is the founder and co-owner of a small independent business that provides nearly twenty-five jobs for residents both in the region and throughout the state. .

John has served as a member and supporter of the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Advisory Foundation, the Templeton Education Foundation, the Paso Robles Children’s Museum, the San Luis Obispo County YMCA and the local 4-H. He is committed to ensuring that the children of San Luis Obispo County have the opportunity to grow up in a safe and supportive environment. In addition to his contributions to local youth organizations, John is dedicated to preserving the agriculture character of San Luis Obispo County and has remained involved with the Cattlemen’s Association and the SLO County Farm Bureau.

John was appointed to the California Mid-State Fair Board of Directors where he spent eight years coordinating the annual 12-day fair and programs which educate youth on the important role agriculture plays in the region. Peschong also serves on the Board of Directors of the California Mid-State Fair’s Heritage Foundation.

John played soccer in college and earned his bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University in 1984. He lives in Templeton with his wife, Anna, and their two children.

Vicki Janssen

Legislative Assistant 

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Vicki graduated from Cal Poly in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and completed her Teaching Credential in 1980. After graduating, she worked for the San Luis Obispo County YMCA until 1991. Upon being introduced to 4th District County Supervisor Ruth Brackett, Vicki began working for Supervisor Brackett as the County's first Legislative Assistant until 1993 when she became the first Manager of the newly formed Agricultural Task Force government watchdog organization.

In 1997, Vicki returned to work for Supervisor Brackett as she finished her term. In 1999, Katcho Achadjian was elected as the 4th District Supervisor and Vicki remained serving as his Legislative Assistant. Then in 2010, Katcho was elected to the State Assembly and Vicki served as the District Director for Assembly District 35, covering San Luis Obispo County and Northern Santa Barbara County until he was termed out in November 2016.

She is happy to be back working at the Board of Supervisors for Supervisor John Peschong and once again assisting constituents with county issues.

Vicki is a member of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Posse, serving as the first woman captain in 2007.  Vicki serves on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations including: the San Luis Obispo Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation (SLO LEAF), the Sheriff's Posse, and the San Luis Obispo County CattleWomen.

Jay Brown

Planning Commissioner

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Jay served as a Planning Commissioner in Monterey County for 10 years.  He was chair of the Commission when the new General Plan was adopted there.  He and his wife, Ann, moved to this area after selling a successful electronics business 22 years ago in Southern California.  He graduated from Santa Maria High then went on to graduate from Cal State Long Beach getting a B.S in Industrial Technology.  He now owns a cattle ranch above the “narrows” area of the Nacimiento River.  He was president of Cattlemen’s in Monterey County and is a member of SLO Cattlemen’s.  He now resides in Paso Robles making weekly trips back to the ranch to check on the cattle.

John Nicholson

Civil Service Commissioner

Picture of John NicholsonJohn E.D. (Jed) Nicholson received his B.S.F.S. degree in International Politics from Georgetown University in 1990. He received his J.D. degree (cum laude) from University of San Diego in 1997. From 1990 until 1994 he was a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy stationed in San Diego. In 1997, Mr. Nicholson was admitted to practice in California, where he specialized in civil litigation.

Mr. Nicholson has practiced law for twenty years.  He has been an attorney on the Central Coast since 1999.  In 2013, Mr. Nicholson started his own law office in Paso Robles. Mr. Nicholson handles both trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts. He represents clients in a wide range of disputes including all aspects of family law as well as civil litigation matters including breach of contract, insurance, business, real property, and construction.

Mr. Nicholson is a member of the State Bar of California and the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association. He served on the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association's Board of Directors from 2013 until 2015.

Mr. Nicholson is on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County and a past Chairman of the agency. He is a board member of the North County Boys and Girls Club. He is currently Vice President of Legacy Untied Soccer Club. He serves as Secretary of the Shelby Sudbrink Memorial Scholarship Foundation. He is active in coaching youth sports in Templeton, California.

Ann Cochrane

Parks and Recreation Commission

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Ann Cochrane is a graduate of Cal Poly, SLO with a degree in Agribusiness Finance and Appraisal.  She works as a commercial and agriculture relationship manager at a community bank in Paso Robles.  Ann is very involved with many local volunteer organizations.  She is the treasurer of the Rotary Club of Paso Robles, a Board Member of the Paso Robles Pioneer Day Committee, Past President of the San Luis Obispo County CattleWomen and Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Tour Committee Member.  She is a supporter of the American Heart Association, California Cattlemen’s Political Action Committee, Central Coast Cancer Support Community, Family Care Network, Jack’s Helping Hand, Special Olympics and the Studios on the Park.

As a sixth generation landowner in San Luis Obispo County she looks forward to serving on the Parks and Recreation Commission.