Governor Jerry Brown Appears to be Lining up Jobs for his staff before Leaving Office
It appears that Governor Jerry Brown is lining up jobs for some of his staff before he is termed out of office in January. Last month, he appointed his 29-year-old deputy legal affairs secretary, Katherine Williams Dodd, to the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, which earns an annual salary of a $153,689. Dodd just happens to be the daughter-in-law of state Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa), who is the co-chair of the Senate Assembly conference committee. The committee is currently hearing a series of bills dealing with the utility companies’ wildfire liabilities, including one that is supported by Governor Brown. Evan Westrup, the governor’s press secretary stated the following to the San Francisco Chronicle,
We look far and wide for top talent and that certainly includes considering — and recruiting — smart, experienced staff who have served the state in various capacities over the years for new roles.
Some other recent appointments by Governor Brown include the appointment of 80-year-old Juan Pedro Gaffney, who is Brown’s old high school classmate, to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board at the same salary as Dodd. Governor Brown also recently named his 36-year-old deputy press secretary, Gareth Lacy, to the California Gambling Control Commission, which pays an annual salary of $153,689. Governor Brown also named his longtime scheduling secretary Kathy Baldree to the California State Personnel Board, along with longtime strategist for the state Democratic Party Shawnda Westly. The board is paid an annually salary of $48,789 and meets just once a month. We will have to see if any more of Governor Brown’s staff are appointed to other jobs before January.