SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

The City Council recognized retiring San Luis Obispo Fire Inspector John Madden for 20 years of service.

Madden received a standing ovation from the audience at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Madden had 22 arson arrests during his time with the San Luis Obispo Fire Department, all of which resulted in convictions. He also helped found the San Luis Obispo Fire Investigation Strike Team — a collaboration of fire departments around the county — and organized noteworthy conferences on fire investigation.

Madden said Tuesday that he plans to stay in San Luis Obispo County.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

San Luis Obispo

The City Council is naming the city’s corporation yard after Mayor Dave Romero in honor of his contributions to San Luis Obispo as an employee and an elected leader.

Romero announced in June that he planned to retire from the council.

He worked for 36 years as the city’s director of public works prior to serving eight years as a councilman and eight years as mayor.

“Mayor Romero is known for common sense and honesty, always making decisions with the best interests of San Luis Obispo uppermost in his heart,” the staff report said.

Public works staff initiated the request to honor Romero with the yard dedication. It is now called the David F. Romero Corporation Yard.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

Arroyo Grande

Senior Officer Dan Langstaff was promoted to the rank of police sergeant at a City Council meeting last week.

Police Officer Erik Jensen was also assigned as a detective, according to a news release. Jensen joined the department in 2002.

Langstaff’s Oct. 12 promotion was the culmination of a four-stage process that assessed multiple areas of leadership, including writing skills, oral presentations, peer evaluations and performance in stressful but realistic situations.

Langstaff joined the Police Department in 2003 after working at the Grover Beach Police Department and the Kings County Sheriff’s Department.

He was promoted to the position of senior police officer and field training officer in 2005, before being assigned as a detective in 2008.

— Cynthia Lambert


The Police Department has been awarded a roughly $112,000 grant for added patrols and programs to combat drunken driving.

The state money will fund additional enforcement measures, specialized patrol assignments, warrant searches, stakeouts for repeat DUI offenders, checkpoints and educational opportunities, police Chief James Mulhall said.

The grant activities will specifically target offenders as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving, he said. The money will also fund the purchase of DUI mapping software to track collisions involving impaired drivers and identify patterns.

— Tonya Strickland