Gov. Brown names 9 to CDCR positions

Gov. Jerry Brown announced his latest appointments to CDCR offices, according to the Imperial Valley News.

Kelly Santoro has been appointed warden at North Kern State Prison. She had been acting warden since 2015. Prior experience includes: chief deputy warden at Wasco Prison, associate warden at Corcoran, facility captain, correctional counselor and correctional officer.

Albert Rivas has been appointed chief of external affairs at the CDCR, where he has been acting chief since 2015. Prior experience includes deputy chief, staff services manager and disabled veterans enterprise advocate, analyst at California Department of Water Resources and a district representative in the office of State Senator Deborah Ortiz.

The following appointments require Senate confirmation:

Felix Vasquez has been appointed associate director of general population male offenders at CDCR. He was acting warden at Wasco Prison, chief deputy warden at Corcoran, captain, correctional counselor and officer. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and as an officer at the Clovis Police Department.

Randolf Grounds has been appointed commissioner to the Board of Parole Hearings (BPH). He has served as warden at Salinas Valley Prison. Other experience includes: associate warden, chief deputy warden, facility captain, correctional counselor supervisor and probation officer.

Commissioner reappointments to the BPH: Arthur Anderson, who has served since 2008; Cynthia Fritz, serving since 2011; Pete Lebahn, serving since 2011; Michele Minor, serving since 2014; and Ali Zarrinam, serving since 2012. BPH commissioners receive annual compensation of $137,956 reported the Imperial Valley News.

–Salvador Solorio

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