Governor Brown Announces Appointments


1-20-2016

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

John Blacklock, 71, of Magalia, has been reappointed to the 3rd District Agricultural Association, Silver Dollar Fair Board of Directors, where he has served since 2005 and served from 1994 to 2003. He has been owner at John Blacklock Consulting since 2001. Blacklock served as chief administrative officer for Butte County from 1992 to 2001, an assistant to the manager at the Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District from 1991 to 1992 and as a field coordinator in the Office of California State Senator Jim Nielsen from 1983 to 1990. He served as an administrative aide and clerk at the Solano County Board of Supervisors from 1977 to 1983 and was assistant land manager at Leslie Salt Co. from 1970 to 1976. Blacklock is a member of the Butte County Farm Bureau. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Blacklock is a Republican.

Robinette Cook, 42, of Gridley, has been reappointed to the 3rd District Agricultural Association, Silver Dollar Fair Board of Directors, where she has served since 2005. Cook has been president at Cook Communications and Public Affairs since 2012, where she has held several positions since 2002. She served as a staff assistant in the Office of Congressman Wally Herger from 1997 to 2002 and as a member of the California Student Aid Commission from 1995 to 1997. Cook was a member of the Butte-Glenn Community College District Board of Trustees from 1994 to 1996. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Cook is a Republican.

Edward McLaughlin, 69, of Durham, has been reappointed to the 3rd District Agricultural Association, Silver Dollar Fair Board of Directors, where he has served since 2002. McLaughlin has been owner at Emac Farms since 1972. He served as a member of the Butte County Board of Supervisors from 1985 to 1997. McLaughlin is a member of the Chico Elks Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He earned a Master of Science degree in agriculture from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. McLaughlin is a Republican.

Pat Fulton, 68, of Bayside, has been reappointed to the 9th District Agricultural Association, Redwood Acres Fair Board of Directors, where he has served since 2008. Fulton has been owner and manager at Fulton Trucking LLC since 2012 and at Pat Fulton Ranches since 1965. He is a member of the California Cattlemen’s Association. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Fulton is a Republican.

Judd Hanna, 44, of Etna, has been reappointed to the 10th District Agricultural Association, Siskiyou Golden Fair Board of Directors, where he has served since 2005. Hanna has been an adjunct English teacher at the College of the Siskiyous since 1999 and ranch manager and owner at Hanna Bros. Ranch since 1984. This positon does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Hanna is registered without party preference.

Lori Salters, 52, of Yreka, has been reappointed to the 10th District Agricultural Association, Siskiyou Golden Fair Board of Directors, where she has served since 2015. Salters has been director of the Siskiyou Afterschool For Everyone program at the Siskiyou County Office of Education since 2010, where she served as area liaison from 2006 to 2010. She was front office staff at Yreka High School from 2004 to 2006, a clerical and billing support worker at Mountain Valleys Health Centers from 2001 to 2002 and a confidential administrative assistant at Gazelle Union Elementary School from 1992 to 2000. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Salters is a Republican.

Charles Coleman, 59, of Redwood Valley, has been reappointed to the 12th District Agricultural Association, Redwood Empire Fair Board of Directors, where he has served since 2008. He served in several positions at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection from 1973 to 2006, including fire captain, firefighter and fire apparatus engineer. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Coleman is a Democrat.

Eric Crawford, 47, of Ukiah, has been reappointed to the 12th District Agricultural Association, Redwood Empire Fair Board of Directors, where he has served since 2011. He has been an agriculture science instructor at the Mendocino County Office of Education since 1997. Crawford was an agriculture science instructor at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education from 1995 to 1997. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Crawford is registered without party preference.

Clyde Peter McNamee, 63, of Fort Bragg, has been reappointed to the 12th District Agricultural Association, Redwood Empire Fair Board of Directors, where he has served since 2015. McNamee was an assistant executive director at the California Postsecondary Education Commission from 2007 to 2008, a senior project manager at the California Little Hoover Commission from 2004 to 2007 and an executive director at the California Employment Training Program from 2001 to 2004. He was senior project manager at the California Little Hoover Commission from 1998 to 2001 and a staff manager at the California Department of Health Services, Medical Eligibility Division from 1995 to 1998. He earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. McNamee is registered without party preference.

Roberto Muniz, 45, of Redwood Valley, has been reappointed to the 12th District Agricultural Association, Redwood Empire Fair Board of Directors, where he has served since 2003. He has been a claims representative at the U.S. Social Security Administration since 2003. Muniz served in several positions at the Mendocino County Welfare Office from 1993 to 2003, including employment representative. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Muniz is a Democrat.

Virginia “Ginger” Pohlson, 73, of Willits, has been reappointed to the 12th District Agricultural Association, Redwood Empire Fair Board of Directors, where she has served since 2011. Pohlson was state membership administrator for the National Women's Political Caucus from 2008 to 2009. She was a recreation employee at the Brooktrails Township Community Services District from 2000 to 2004 and a hairdresser from 1961 to 1991. Pohlson is a member of the Ukiah Civic Light Opera and a past member of the Brooktrails Township Community Services District Board of Directors. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Pohlson is a Democrat.

Virginia Black, 71, of Browns Valley, has been reappointed to the 13th District Agricultural Association, Yuba-Sutter Fair Board of Directors, where she has served since 2012. Black was sheriff-coroner for Yuba County from 1999 to 2006. She was a criminal investigator for Yuba County from 1995 to 1998 and for Sutter County in 1995. Black was a private investigator at Nor Cal Investigators from 1994 to 1995 and served as a deputy sheriff at the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department from 1976 to 1994. She is a member of the Exchange Club of Marysville. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Black is a Republican.

Edward Ritchie, 54, of Loma Rica, has been reappointed to the 13th District Agricultural Association, Yuba-Sutter Fair Board of Directors, where he has served since 2015. Ritchie has held several positions at Operating Engineers Local Union 3 since 2006, including district representative and business representative. He was a construction equipment mechanic at Teichert Construction from 1986 to 2006. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Ritchie is a Democrat.

Debbie Jacobsen, 59, of Fresno, has been reappointed to the 21st District Agricultural Association, Big Fresno Fair Board of Directors, where she has served since 2005. Jacobsen was an executive assistant at the San Joaquin Political Academy from 2005 to 2014 and at Leisle Electric Inc. from 1997 to 2002. She was an office assistant at Rosendahl’s Auto Body from 1993 to 1997 and office administrator at J and L Vineyards Cold Storage from 1990 to 1993. Jacobsen is a member of California Women for Agriculture, Ag One Foundation of Fresno State University, Raisin Wives of California and the Fresno County Farm Bureau, where she was president from 2002 to 2004. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Jacobsen is a Republican.

Fue “Ricky” Vang, 48, of Clovis, has been appointed to the 21st District Agricultural Association, Big Fresno Fair Board of Directors, where he has served since 2012. Vang has been vice principal at Duncan Polytechnical High School since 2008. He was principal at the Academy for New Americans from 2006 to 2008, a guidance learning counselor at Buchanan High School from 2005 to 2006 and instructional coordinator at Bangkok Christian College from 2004 to 2005. Vang was principal at Kunming International Academy from 2001 to 2004, vice principal at Edison High School in 2001 and a counselor at Roosevelt High School from 1994 to 2001. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Vang is a Democrat.

Lee Haydu, 67, of Del Mar, has been reappointed to the 22nd District Agricultural Association, San Diego County Fair Board of Directors, where she has served since 2015. Haydu served as mayor of the City of Del Mar from 2013 to 2014 and was an administrator at Paul J Haydu, M.D. from 1986 to 2014. She was deputy mayor for the City of Del Mar from 2012 to 2013, where she served as a member of the city council from 2010 to 2012. Haydu was a sales representative at LXR Medical Supplies from 1985 to 1987, at Konica Medical Corporation from 1983 to 1985 and at Cambridge Medical Instruments from 1980 to 1982. She was a senior staff technologist at Saint Vincent Hospital from 1970 to 1980. Haydu is co-chair of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and is a member of Run Women Run and the Del Mar Garden Club. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Haydu is a Democrat.

Richard Valdez, 52, of San Diego, has been reappointed to the 22nd District Agricultural Association, San Diego County Fair Board of Directors, where he has served since 2014. Valdez has been an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law since 2008 and a partner and associate at Sandler, Lasry, Laube, Byer and Valdez LLP since 2000. Valdez was a partner and associate at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves and Savitch LLP from 1991 to 2000. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Valdez is a Democrat.

Craig Cannon, 55, of Martinez, has been reappointed to the 23rd District Agricultural Association, Contra Costa County Fair Board of Directors, where he has served since 2012. Cannon has been owner at Craig Cannon Video Newsreel since 1983. He was a grocery store manager at the Yosemite Park and Curry Company from 1988 to 1991 and a television cameraman at KTVN from 1981 to 1983. He is a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Knights of Columbus Council and the American Radio Relay League. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Cannon is registered without party preference.

Steven Limrite, 52, of Oakley, has been reappointed to the 23rd District Agricultural Association, Contra Costa County Fair Board of Directors, where he has served since 2001. Limrite has been a fire dispatcher at the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District since 2005. He was a dispatch supervisor at the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department from 1988 to 2005, where he was a reserve deputy from 1985 to 2000. Limrite is a member of the Cal-Western Appaloosa Show Horse Association and Contra Costa County Firefighters Local 1230. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Limrite is a Republican.

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