Governor Brown Announces Appointments


3-4-2013

Martin Biter, 48, of Bakersfield, has been appointed warden at Kern Valley State Prison, where he has served as acting warden since 2010 and as chief deputy warden since 2009. Biter served in multiple positions at Wasco State Prison from 1991 to 2009, including correctional administrator, correctional captain, facility captain, correctional lieutenant and correctional sergeant. He was a correctional officer at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi from 1986 to 1991. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $130,668. Biter is a Republican.

Ralph Diaz, 43, of Woodlake, has been appointed warden at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, where he has been acting warden since 2011. Diaz served in multiple positions at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison from 2000 to 2011, including chief deputy administrator, correctional administrator, facility captain and correctional counselor. He was a correctional counselor at Corcoran State Prison from 1999 to 2000 and a correctional officer there from 1993 to 2000. Diaz was a correctional officer at Wasco State Prison from 1991 to 1993. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $130,668. Diaz is registered decline-to-state.

Kimberly Holland, 53, of Bakersfield, has been appointed warden at the California Correctional Institution at Tehachapi, where she has served as acting warden since 2012 and chief deputy warden since 2009. She worked at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison as a correctional administrator from 2006 to 2009 and a correctional lieutenant from 2000 to 2004. Holland worked at North Kern State Prison as a correctional captain from 2004 to 2006 and correctional sergeant from 1993 to 2000 and was a correctional officer at Avenal State Prison from 1989 to 1993. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $130,668. Holland is a Republican.

Nicolas Heidorn, 29, of Oakland, has been appointed special assistant to the secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency. Heidorn has been an associate attorney at Cooley LLP since 2011. He was a law clerk at the California Attorney Generalís Office in the Health, Education and Welfare Section in 2009, a senate fellow at the Office of Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas from 2006 to 2007 and an intern and aide at the Oakland Mayorís Office in 2003. Heidorn earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $85,716. Heidorn is a Democrat.

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