Not for Ourselves Alone

Official County Seal
Official County Seal

The County of San Luis Obispo has roughly 2,900 employees all working to serve the community. County employees and elected officials are guided by organizational values, and work to ensure that their decisions and actions demonstrate these values.

Established in 1850 as one of the original counties of California, the County has 24 departments all working collaboratively to provide essential services that benefit local citizens.

Elected representatives, including a five-member Board of Supervisors, work with employees to create a safe, healthy, livable, prosperous and well-governed community. San Luis Obispo County has a rich history, which is represented in our County seal.



County of SLO Organizational Chart



Mission vision core values poster

The County’s elected representatives and employees are committed to serving the community with pride to enhance the economic, environmental and social quality of life in San Luis Obispo County.

The County’s vision is to create a safe, healthy, livable, prosperous and well-governed community.

Safe Community
The County will strive to create a community where all people – adults and children alike – have a sense of security and well being, crime is controlled, fire and rescue response is timely and roads are safe.

Healthy Community
The County will strive to ensure all people in our community enjoy healthy, successful and productive lives, and have access to the basic necessities.

Livable Community
The County will strive to keep our community a good place to live by carefully managing growth, protecting our natural resources, promoting lifelong learning, and creating an environment that encourages respect for all people.

Prosperous Community
The County will strive to keep our economy strong and viable and assure that all share in this economic prosperity.

Well-Governed Community
The County will provide high-quality, results-oriented services that are responsive to community desires.

Organizational Values

The County also has five organizational values, each represented in everything we do for the community.

We consistently demonstrate and adhere to the moral and ethical principles of impartiality, honesty, and respect. We uphold the principles of fairness, honesty, and respect.

We celebrate teamwork by working cooperatively to ensure the achievement of our common goals. We collaborate within and across departments for the good of the customer and community.

We perform our duties in a manner which bestows credibility upon ourselves and our County.

We assume responsibility for our actions and follow through on our commitments. We practice good stewardship of our resources and we adhere to the accepted principles of fiscal responsibility. We follow through on our commitments. We hold ourselves and others accountable for results. We use the resources entrusted to us wisely. We effectively balance the needs of the community with available resources while advocating for the best value and best service.

We provide timely, accurate and complete information to each other and those we serve. We solicit feedback from customers on improving programs and services as part of a continuous improvement process.