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Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Matt Rodriquez, a chief deputy attorney general, secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, Brown's office announced this morning.

Rodriquez, 58, of Castro Valley, has worked for the Department of Justice since 1987, representing such bodies as the California Coastal Commission, State Lands Commission and San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Like Brown, Rodriquez is a Democrat. He is to be paid $175,000 annually and will require Senate confirmation.

The appointment is one of several Brown has made from within the attorney general's office, where Brown was attorney general before becoming governor. Jim Humes, Brown's chief deputy in the attorney general's office, is one of two executive secretaries in Brown's Cabinet.

Brown also announced today the appointment of Ken Pimlott, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection veteran, director of that department. Pimlott, 45, of Cameron Park, has been acting director since 2010. Pimlott is a decline-to-state voter. He is to be paid $167,664 annually and will require Senate confirmation.

Update: This post has been corrected to include the correct spelling of Matt Rodriquez's name.


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