Katcho Achadjian, former local state assemblyman, dies at 68
–Katcho Achadjian, a former San Luis Obispo County Supervisor and California State Assemblyman representing SLO County died Thursday at 68.
Achadjian, who attended Cuesta College and graduated from Cal Poly SLO, went on to be elected to the board of supervisors in 1998. He served on the board until 2010 when he was elected to the State Assembly as a Republican. He represented local residents in the State Assembly from 2010 to 2016. Over his career, he represented citizens from San Miguel to Lompoc.
Achadjian was a leader in the community since 1971, when he came to California from Beirut, Lebanon to complete his education and pursue the American Dream. He carried with him a distinctive work ethic instilled in him by his Armenian parents in Lebanon – an ethic that has served him well in his roles as a businessman, community volunteer, and legislator. On Dec.17, 1982, a day that served as a continuous source of pride for him, Achadjian became a United States citizen.
A lifelong community advocate, Achadjian volunteered in support of numerous civic, service and nonprofit organizations. He served as a member of the board of directors of Arroyo Grande Community Hospital and Chairman of San Luis Obispo’s French Hospital. Since 2008, he also served as a mentor to college students through the Executive Partners Leadership Council at Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business.
“Katcho was my friend and mentor,” says Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo). “He was a true public servant and an American success story. Katcho leaves a legacy of devotion to community, energetic representation, and consensus-building. Our sincerest condolences to his family for their loss. Today is a sad day for the Central Coast.”