(Sacramento) – Gov. Gray Davis appointed Edward S. Alameida, Jr. Director of the California Department of Corrections (CDC) effective Sept. 19, 2001.
“I am both humbled and honored to be appointed by Gov. Davis as the new director of the largest state agency,” Alameida said. “This is a great department with many high caliber professionals and I’ve had the opportunity to work with many of these dedicated people. It is a tremendous challenge and privilege to serve the people of California in this position.”
Alameida was serving as Assistant Deputy Director for CDC’s Institutions Division since March 13, 2000. In this position, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Division and managed the Institutions Operations Unit, institutions programs, and the Education and Inmate Programs Unit.
Alameida began his career with CDC in 1973, working in the accounting office at Folsom State Prison. Throughout the past 28 years, he has held a broad range of positions at CDC headquarters in Sacramento, California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Folsom State Prison, and Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy. He served as an associate budget analyst, departmental budget officer, correctional administrator, associate warden of business services, chief deputy warden, chief administrator and operations officer, and warden.
“It has been said that preparation precedes usefulness. I feel that Ed’s 28 years of experience with CDC has prepared him to take on this responsibility,” Youth and Adult Correctional Agency Secretary Robert Presley said. “Throughout the years, Ed has demonstrated his expertise in correctional administration and management. I am confident that his experience in budget and fiscal issues, his rapport with staff and his management style will serve the Department well.”
Alameida, 52, received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from California State University, Sacramento.
Alameida and his wife Mary Beth have three children, two sons and a daughter. They are involved in numerous community activities.
CDC is one of the largest correctional agencies in the free world and the largest state agency in California, employing 47,382 people and supervising nearly 159,000 inmates and more than 121,000 people on parole. CDC operates 33 state prisons, 41 conservation camps, 16 community correctional facilities, eight prisoner mother facilities, 32 re-entry centers, 182 parole units in 81 locations and four parole outpatient clinics with a $4.8 billion budget.