Governor Jerry Brown announced today the appointment of Jennifer Shaffer as Executive Officer of the Board of Parole Hearings.  From the press release issued by the Governor’s Office this afternoon (which you can also find on the Governor’s website here):

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

Sarita Kohli, 52, of Saratoga, has been appointed to the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Kohli has served as the director of mental health programs at Asian Americans for Community Involvement since 2005. From 2001 to 2003, Kohli was a psychotherapist at Family and Child Services. Kohli is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Kohli is a Democrat.

Jennifer Shaffer, 42, of Roseville, has been appointed executive officer of the Board of Parole Hearings. Shaffer currently serves as the board’s chief of hearing operations for the northern region. Previously, she served in the Bureau of Independent Review with the Office of the Inspector General, as special assistant inspector general from 2006 to 2008 and then as senior assistant inspector general from 2008 to January 2011. Shaffer served with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as assistant director in the Office of Victim and Survivor Services from 2004 to 2005 and then as assistant secretary in the Office of Victim and Survivor Services from 2005 to 2006. Shaffer served as counsel and analyst for California Performance Review in 2004, as staff counsel and deputy executive officer for the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board from 1997 to 2004, and counsel to the Assembly Committee on Public Safety in 1996. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $131,940. Shaffer is registered decline-to-state.

Christina Wong, 44, of Chico, has been appointed to the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Wong currently serves as the health services program coordinator at Glenn County Health Services after having served as a senior mental health counselor from 2002 to 2010. She also serves as a mental health clinician at the Butte County Probation Department. Wong is a licensed clinical social worker. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Wong is a Democrat.

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