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SLO building inspector involved in bar assault no longer city employee

Posted at 5:51 PM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 21:02:13-04

A San Luis Obispo building inspector who assaulted two people at an Avila Beach bar is no longer working for the city.

Mayor Heidi Harmon confirmed the information to KSBY News Wednesday evening, but was unable to confirm when Chris Olcott's last day of employment was or how it ended. His name was still listed on the city's online staff directory as of 6 p.m.

The assault happened at Mr. Rick’s in 2016.

According to a city official, Olcott surrendered to the Seal Beach Detention Center, a pay-to-stay jail facility in Southern California, on August 30.

At that time, he was reportedly placed on unpaid leave while the city's personnel investigation continued. Olcott had been on paid leave since April.

The city said it did not know the details of the case until video of the incident surfaced online this spring, prompting officials to place Olcott on leave amid a personnel investigation.

Surveillance video of the incident shows Olcott elbowing a woman in the face and punching a man repeatedly.

Olcott went to trial, but the jury could not unanimously agree on a verdict.

In February, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge to avoid another jury trial.

Olcott was sentenced to 60 days in jail starting no later than Sept. 6.

A restitution hearing in the case is scheduled for December.

KSBY has reached out to other city officials for additional information but has not yet heard back.