Cerro San LuisMessage from the CAO

Welcome to San Luis Obispo County, a beautiful place to live, raise a family, and visit. 

I’m proud to serve an organization that provides more than 700 public services to 280,000 residents. As a political subdivision of the State, our County government, led by our five elected Board of Supervisors, serves a dual role:

  1. We provide municipal services in the unincorporated areas, and
  2. We administer State and Federal programs, such as public health care, jails, foster care and elections, for all of SLO County.

Our special districts, which are also governed by the Board of Supervisors, provide additional services, such as fire protection, water and wastewater utilities, and flood control.

Ultimately, we work to serve the community with pride to enhance the economic, environmental and social quality of life in San Luis Obispo County. 

We are committed to exercising high ethical standards in our dealings with the public and each other. We celebrate teamwork by relying on the participation and initiative of every employee, and we take seriously our stewardship role of the public’s fiscal and natural resources.

I encourage you to get to know our services, our community, and discover how your County government works for you. 


Wade Horton
County Administrative Officer


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