In two high-profile appointments, Gov. Jerry Brown today appointed Mona Pasquil, a longtime Democratic operative, to be his appointments secretary, and Gareth Elliott, state Sen. Alex Padilla's policy director, to be his legislative affairs secretary.
Brown also made his first appointments of non-Democrats, retaining H.D. Palmer, 51, a Republican, to be the Department of Finance's deputy director for external affairs, and appointing two decline-to-state voters: Michael Cohen to be chief deputy director for budget in the Department of Finance and Sue Johnsrud to be Brown's director of operations.
Johnsrud, 55, was chief administrative officer of the Department of Justice, where Brown was state attorney general.
Pasquil, 48, was chief of staff to Lt. Gov. John Garamendi and was acting lieutenant governor upon Garamendi's election to Congress. Before that, she was political director for Gov. Gray Davis' gubernatorial campaign. She is to be paid $147,900.
Elliott, 40, is to be paid the same amount. Like Brown, he also is a Democrat.
Brown also appointed Nettie Sabelhaus, 63, to be a special adviser to the governor on appointments. Sabelhaus has been appointments director for the California Senate Rules Committee since 1999. The Democrat is to be paid $147,900 a year.
Pedro Reyes, 49, of Davis, was appointed chief deputy director for policy in the Department of Finance. He has been deputy policy director in the Speaker of the Assembly's Office since 2000. Reyes, a Democrat, is to be paid $152,112.