SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:
Dean Borg, 57, of Sacramento, has been appointed director of the Division of Facility Planning, Construction and Management at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where he has been deputy director of the Division of Facility Planning, Construction and Management since 2015 and served in several positions from 2006 to 2015, including associate director of the Capital Planning and Project Services Branch and assistant deputy director of the Office of Facilities Management. Borg served in several positions at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 1991 to 2006, including chief of legislation for adult operations in the Office of Legislation, legislative coordinator in the Legislative Liaison Office, and analyst and manager of administration and planning in the Planning and Construction Division. Borg served as a recycling specialist in the Beverage Container Recycling Program at the California Department of Conservation from 1987 to 1991. He earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $182,700. Borg is a Democrat.
Kristina Khokhobashvili, 35, of Carmichael, has been appointed chief of external affairs at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where she has been acting chief of external affairs since 2019 and served in several positions from 2014 to 2019, including deputy chief of external affairs and public information officer. She held several positions at Gold Country Media from 2011 to 2012, including editor and features editor. Khokhobashvili was city editor at Calaveras First Company from 2007 to 2012. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $115,512. Khokhobashvili is a Democrat.
Amy Miller, 46, of Folsom, has been appointed director of the Division of Correctional Policy Research and Internal Oversight at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where she has served as associate director of female offender programs and services since 2016 and was associate director of reception center institutions from 2014 to 2016. Miller served in several positions at California State Prison, Centinela from 2010 to 2014, including warden, chief deputy warden and associate warden, and from 1999 to 2000 served as a correctional officer. She served as a facility captain, lieutenant and sergeant at Calipatria State Prison from 2000 to 2010, where she was a correctional officer from 1996 to 1999. Miller was a captain at the California Institution for Women from 2006 to 2007. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $183,984. Miller is a Democrat.
Janna Sidley, 56, of Los Angeles, has been reappointed to the Milton Marks “Little Hoover” Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy, where she has served since 2016. Sidley has been general counsel at the Port of Los Angeles since 2013. She served as a deputy city attorney in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office from 2003 to 2013. Sidley served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal and Civil Division at the U.S. Department of Justice from 1998 to 2002, where she served as deputy director in the Office on Violence Against Women from 1997 to 1998. She was deputy director of the Office of Press Advance at the White House from 1995 to 1996, where she was lead of presidential advance from 1993 to 2000. Sidley served as a special assistant in the Office of the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1996, where she was special assistant for congressional and legislative affairs in the Bureau of Reclamation from 1993 to 1994. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Sidley is a Democrat.
Alexis S. Hacker, 63, of Piedmont, has been appointed to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board. Hacker held several positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1979 to 2019, including acting regional administrator, deputy regional administrator, director for regional water division, branch chief, branch manager and environmental protection specialist. She earned a Master of Arts degree in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Hacker is registered without party preference.
Andrew Gunther, 63, of Oakland, has been appointed to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board. Gunther has been a consulting scientist to local government and non-profits since 2017. Gunther was executive director at the Center for Ecosystem Management and Restoration from 2000 to 2017 and vice president at Applied Marine Sciences from 1991 to 2000. He is a board member of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Gunther earned Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Gunther is a Democrat.