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Gov. Jerry Brown has named a top Department of Finance official as director of the state Department of General Services.

Fred Klass has worked at the Department of Finance for more than 20 years, serving as the department's chief operating officer since 2007. Klass has also worked for the Senate Budget Committee, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and the Little Hoover Commission.

The Fair Oaks resident, who's registered decline-to-state, replaces acting DGS Director Scott Harvey, who was appointed under the Schwarzenegger administration. Compensation for the position, which requires Senate confirmation, is $159,300 a year.

Other appointments announced by Brown this morning:

• Legislative aide Willie Armstrong was named undersecretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency. The Sacramento Democrat has worked for several Democratic lawmakers, including as chief of staff to the agency's current secretary, Anna Caballero, during her time in the Assembly. Armstrong is currently chief of staff for Assemblywoman Nora Campos D-San Jose. His new job pays $120,000 a year and does not require Senate confirmation.

• West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, State Board of Education President Michael Krist and Dianne Harrison, president of California State University, Monterey Bay, were named to unpaid posts on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. All three are Democrats.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said Willie Amstrong works for Norma Torres. He works for Nora Campos.



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