Dudley, District Attorney
District Attorney Dudley began her legal career in the Santa
Barbara County District Attorney’s Office in 1990.
She has prosecuted well over one thousand cases including murder,
arson, robbery, burglary and all varieties of theft crimes.
During this time she became an authority on the prosecution
of crimes involving sexual offenses, crimes against children
and hate crimes. Joyce E. Dudley was elected District Attorney
of Santa Barbara County in June 2010 and assumed office on
June 22, 2010. District Attorney Dudley is dedicated to fulfilling
the primary function of the District Attorney's Office which
is to seek justice for all.
Auchincloss, Assistant District Attorney
J. Gordon Auchincloss has been a Deputy District Attorney for the Santa Barbara
District Attorney’s office for twenty years. During that time, he has served
as a Senior Deputy District Attorney, Acting Chief Trial Deputy and Acting Chief
Assistant District Attorney. Over his career, he has successfully prosecuted
over a thousand cases including murder, attempted murder, major sex crimes, major
narcotics vendors and major white-collar crimes.
Raised locally, Gordon attended high school, college and law school in Santa
Barbara. He currently sits on the board of the PARC Foundation and The Santa
Barbara Children’s Museum and is a longstanding volunteer for The Counsel
on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Fighting Back program acting as both a mentor and
a Teen Court judge.
In July 2010, Gordon was appointed Chief Deputy District Attorney by District
Attorney Joyce Dudley. In that capacity he is currently assigned to supervise
vulnerable victim crimes including sex crimes and crimes involving domestic violence;
financial crimes and misdemeanor operations. Gordon is also tasked with forming
and supervising a new prosecution team to focus on White-Collar Crime including
Major Fraud cases, Financial Elder Abuse and Cyber Crimes.
Tim Covello, Acting Chief Deputy District Attorney, North County
Tim Covello joined the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office in August of 2014 and was appointed Acting Chief Deputy District Attorney in December of 2015. Tim brings to the office seven years of prosecutorial executive management experience, having served as the Assistant District Attorney and Chief Deputy District Attorney for the County of San Luis Obispo, where he supervised trial attorneys, managed day-to-day operations, and worked closely with allied agencies on the many issues facing law enforcement on the Central Coast. Tim currently supervises all Deputy District Attorneys assigned to the Santa Maria and Lompoc offices.
Tim grew up in Bakersfield, California, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1984, and the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1990. He began his legal career as a civil litigator representing large corporations and banks in both state and federal courts, before becoming a career prosecutor on the Central Coast in 1993. Since then, Tim has prosecuted virtually every type of criminal case, including capital murder and other homicides, three strikes, gang, white collar crime, domestic violence, narcotics, environmental crime, and mental health cases. He has also litigated successfully in the California Court of Appeals, California Supreme Court, and the United States Supreme Court, and served as a faculty presenter for the National District Attorney’s Association. In 2013 Tim successfully prosecuted the five individuals responsible for the murder of Santa Maria resident, Dystiny Myers, resulting in life sentences for all five defendants.
Mag Nicola, Chief Deputy District Attorney, North County
Mag Nicola was appointed to the position of Chief Deputy District Attorney in August 2013. He grew up in San Diego where he attended the University of California, San Diego, and California Western School of Law. He earned his law degree in 1993.
Mag began his career in public service with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office in 1993 as a contract Deputy District Attorney with their Major Narcotics Prosecution Unit, before joining the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office in 1994. Over his career, he has successfully prosecuted all types of serious crimes including murders, kidnappings, gang-violence, major narcotics, child abuse and sexual assaults. Mag has twice received the Santa Maria Elk’s Law Enforcement Appreciation award for Outstanding Performance, was recognized as Deputy District Attorney of the Year in 1998 and 2005, and is a recipient of the H. Thomas Guerry Award for Outstanding Performance. He presents training to local law enforcement groups on legal matters and has been involved in our area schools as a guest speaker on the Juvenile Justice system.
Mag oversees all administrative operations for the north county offices and serves as the liaison for law enforcement, probation, courts, and other state and federal allied agencies. He is the District Attorney’s county-wide representative for Collaborative Treatment Courts, Human Trafficking, AB 109, and the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council.
Kelly Scott, Chief Deputy District Attorney, South County
Kelly Scott was appointed to the position of Chief Deputy District Attorney in August 2012. Kelly supervises the District Attorney’s Litigation Operations in Santa Barbara. In that capacity she oversees the gang prosecution team, vulnerable victim unit including sex crimes and crimes involving domestic violence; homicides and other serious and violent crimes; misdemeanor crimes; therapeutic treatment courts; real estate fraud; consumer protection; and environmental prosecutions. Kelly is also responsible for Brady compliance and ethics for the District Attorney’s Office.
Prior to her appointment with the District Attorney’s Office Kelly was Deputy County Counsel for the County of Santa Barbara where she represented the Sheriff and District Attorney. At county counsel she specialized in civil rights litigation and was in-house counsel to the Sheriff’s Office. Kelly began her legal career with the California Department of Transportation where she litigated cases involving allegations of dangerous conditions of public property, inverse condemnation, eminent domain, and employment law.
Kelly grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and came to California to attend Pepperdine University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and later a law degree from Pepperdine.
M. Saunders, Chief Criminal Investigator
David Saunders began his law enforcement career in 1986 as a
Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriff. During his eight years with
the Sheriff’s Department, David served as uniformed patrol
deputy, a Special Enforcement Team member, a member of the SWAT
team, and as a Special Operations Division detective.
David transferred to the Ventura County District Attorney’s
Bureau of Investigation, where he served as an investigator
for eight years, raising to the rank of Supervising Investigator.
In 2002, David was appointed as the Chief Investigator for
the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office where
he oversees the daily operations of the Bureau of Investigation.
He manages a staff of 22 sworn peace officers and six civilian
investigators. His primary responsibilities include providing
the investigation needed to prepare difficult cases for court;
guiding and directing cases of a sensitive or complex nature;
acting as a liaison to members of federal, state and local
law enforcement agencies; making recommendations to the District
Attorney regarding office policies, procedures, and security
matters; and providing budgetary oversight and recommendations.
David is an honors graduate of California State University,
Northridge with a Masters degree in Public Administration.
He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree
in Public Administration from the University of La Verne,
and holds a Professional Certificate in Accounting from the
University of California, Santa Barbara, Extension.
David is an associate member of the Santa Barbara County
Law Enforcement Chiefs Association (CLEC), a member of the
California Peace Officers Association (CPOA), and a Lifetime
Member of the California Narcotics Officers Association (CNOA).
Riker-Rheinschild, Victim-Witness Assistance Program Director
Megan Riker-Rheinschild graduated from the University of California,
Santa Barbara and studied at the National Autonomous University
in Mexico City receiving her degree in Sociology and Spanish.
Megan has been employed in the Santa Barbara County
District Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Assistance
Program since 1994 and been the Director of the Countywide
Program since 1997. She is responsible for oversight of a program
whose staff annually serves over 3000 victims of violent crime
and their family members countywide.
She oversees a range of victim service programs including
the Domestic Violence, Elder and Dependent Abuse Units, the
Victim Compensation and Restitution Recovery Contracts with
the State of California. As of January 2008 the District Attorney’s
Office assumed administrative oversight of the Countywide Sexual
Assault Response Team for which Meganis also responsible.
In addition to her local responsibilities Megan
is on the Board of the California Crime Victim Assistance Association
and is Chair of the Legislative and Statewide Victim Compensation
Moll, Assistant to the District Attorney
Rosemary Moll has been the Assistant to five Santa Barbara
County District Attorneys over the last 15 years. Her duties
include, but are not limited to, all aspects of the District
Attorney's office as it relates to local, city, state, and
national levels whether it be crime, administrative, or media
events. Rosemary has been involved in so many of the District
Attorney's daily activities, court cases, and events for the
past 15 years, that they are too numerous to mention.