VACAVILLE — Jeffrey Beard has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown as the secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Beard, 65, served as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections from 2001 to 2010, when he retired. He oversaw more than 51,000 inmates and 16,000 employees. Since then, he has been a consultant and did work for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on mental health litigation.
“The new secretary has just the experience California needs,” Brown said in a Wednesday press release. “He’s been a prison warden, led the correctional system in Pennsylvania, and more recently participated in the federal oversight of California’s prisons, visiting the majority of our institutions.”
This position requires Senate confirmation. Compensation is $225,000.
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