Soon after being sworn into office in 2015, District Attorney Dan Dow created the office’s Public Integrity Unit. The mission of the unit is described below.
The citizens of San Luis Obispo County have the right to expect that their elected and appointed officials will carry out their duties in a lawful, ethical and professional manner. They also have the right to expect that administrators, supervisors and the immediate subordinates of elected and appointed officials, who play an integral role in achieving the mission of the office holder, will discharge their duties and obligations in the same lawful, ethical and professional manner.
The District Attorney has created the Public Integrity Unit with its mission to ensure that public and appointed officials, and their subordinates, fulfill their legally mandated duties. To this end, the District Attorney's Office will use all resources at its disposal to detect, investigate and prosecute criminal misconduct at all levels of public service.
Through its efforts, the Public Integrity Unit’s primary goal is to increase the public's level of trust and confidence in its elected and appointed officials serving in local agencies.
The Public Integrity Unit will aggressively and proactively seek out public corruption at all levels of government. All matters referred to the Public Integrity Unit for consideration will be thoroughly and fairly reviewed. Criminal charges will be filed in all appropriate cases.
It is the policy of the District Attorney’s Office Public Integrity Unit to not confirm the existence of an investigation or otherwise comment about an ongoing investigation.