Ian Parkinson sworn in as San Luis Obispo County Sheriff


San Luis Obispo County has a new sheriff and a new county supervisor.Ian Parkinson was sworn in Monday as sheriff, replacing Pat Hedges, who served three terms.

Paul Teixeira was sworn in as 4th District county supervisor, representing South County and replacing three-term Supervisor Katcho Achadjian, who was elected to the state Assembly.

County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald swore in both men before a crowd of sheriff’s deputies and others who filled the supervisors’ meeting room and spilled out into the adjoining hallway.

Rodewald also administered the oath of office to Martin Basti, appointed by Parkinson to become undersheriff, replacing Steve Bolts.

Rodewald herself, who was re-elected without opposition, was also sworn in, as were other re-elected incumbents: Supervisor Bruce Gibson, Auditor-Controller Gere Sibbach, Assessor Tom Bordonaro, Tax Collector-Treasurer Frank Freitas and Superintendent of Public Instruction Julian Crocker.

Parkinson, a former captain in the San Luis Obispo Police Department, said he was “humbled” by being elected.

Supervisor Jim Patterson, who with other supervisors congratulated the new sheriff, said he supports Parkinson’s “emphasis on prevention and rehabilitation.”

The Board of Supervisors also reorganized, with Adam Hill taking over from Frank Mecham as chairman, and Patterson becoming vice chairman.

The newly constituted board will meet today to deal with a full agenda that includes setting a date to discuss an anti-graffiti ordinance and hearing year-end reports from the county administration and the Parks and Recreation Commission.