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Gov. Jerry Brown today named Jacob Appelsmith, 47, senior adviser to the governor and director of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Appelsmith, of Oakland, previously worked in the attorney general's office - where Brown was attorney general - including as a special assistant to the attorney general.

Craig McNamara, 60, of Winters, was appointed to the State Board of Food and Agriculture, where he has been a member since 2002. McNamara, president of Sierra Orchards, is son of the late Robert McNamara, the former secretary of defense.

Appelsmith's directorship of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control requires Senate confirmation. The pay is $150,112 a year. The position of senior adviser to the governor does not include any additional pay and does not require Senate confirmation.

McNamara's appointment does not require Senate confirmation. The compensation is a $100 per diem.



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