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Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed an administrative aide to Marin County Supervisor Hal Brown, the governor's cousin, to replace him on the county board, the governor announced this afternoon.

Brown was governor before when he appointed Hal Brown to the board in 1983, filling a seat left open when Barbara Boxer was elected to Congress. The supervisor was diagnosed with cancer in December and announced his resignation, effective this coming Saturday, earlier this month.

Catherine Rice, 51, of San Anselmo, has been an administrative aide to Hal Brown since 2004. Like the governor, she is a Democrat.

The position does not require Senate confirmation. It pays $97,739 a year.


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