Youth and Adult Correctional Agency Secretary Joe Sandoval today announced that the governor has, effective immediately, designated Thomas M. Maddock interim Director of the Department of Corrections. Maddock also will continue as undersecretary at YACA as he serves in the interim position.
“Tom has shown outstanding leadership and management skills in his position as undersecretary for the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency, and I am confident that he will do a fine job in this extremely sensitive and important position,” Sandoval said.
“It is the intent of the Wilson Administration to fill this critical position as quickly as a suitable permanent replacement can be found,” said Sandoval. When appointed, the new director will replace former Director James Gomez who resigned to take a job as Deputy Executive Officer at the Public Employees Retiremen System.
Maddock was appointed undersecretary of YACA in September 1995 by Governor Wilson. Since 1986, he has held a variety of management roles in state government, including Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Deputy Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs, Public Advisor for the California Energy Commission and Deputy Chief of the Bureau of Automotive Repair at the Department of Consumer Affairs. Prior to his state service he was a prosecutor for Contra Costa and El Dorado Counties and a private practice litigation attorney.
He is a veteran and retired from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve with the rank of Captain. His designation does not require Senate confirmation.