Skip to main content

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Vaccines | Racial Justice

DA Won’t File Criminal Charges Against Supervisor Dave Roberts

Photo caption:

Photo by Angela Carone

San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts is shown in a hallway of the County Administration Building following a Board of Supervisors meeting, Jan. 5, 2015.

San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts was accused last year by former staffers of misusing his office and mistreating employees. The county settled three civil claims for $310,000.

The District Attorney’s Office won't file criminal charges against San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, who was accused by former staffers of misusing his office and mistreating employees.

The office began investigating Roberts last year after staffers came forward with the allegations.

“Supervisor Dave Roberts violated county and civil workplace policies, which are civil matters where the burden of proof is a preponderance of the evidence, a lower threshold,” District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said in a statement released Monday. “These violations have been addressed by the county and with the aggrieved parties, which resulted in a civil settlement. The District Attorney’s Office is declining to file criminal charges at this time.”

Scheduler Diane Porter, chief of staff Glynnis Vaughan and policy adviser Lindsey Masukawa last year filed complaints against the county as precursors to filing a lawsuit.

In her complaint, Masukawa alleged that "support for (Roberts') re-election campaign permeated the workplace." Porter's complaint said the supervisor had an inappropriate relationship with a staff member.

In September, the Board of Supervisors agreed to pay $310,000 to settle the three former staffers' claims.

Roberts declined to comment about Dumanis' decision to not file criminal charges against him. The supevisor's communications adviser, Adam Kaye, told KPBS that Roberts will “let the DA’s statement speak for itself.”

The only Democrat on the five-member Board of Supervisors, Roberts is seeking re-election on June 7 in District 3, which stretches from Torrey Pines to Encinitas and inland to Escondido.

Roberts' fundraising began to dip when allegations against him surfaced. Two Republicans, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed and Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar, are challenging him in the race.

Election 2020 news coverage


San Diego News Now podcast branding

San Diego news; when you want it, where you want it. Get local stories on politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings. Hosted by Anica Colbert and produced by KPBS, San Diego and the Imperial County's NPR and PBS station.

  • Need help keeping up with the news that matters most? Get the day's top news — ranging from local to international — straight to your inbox each weekday morning.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Curious San Diego banner

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.