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California's political watchdog agency has filled its vacant executive director post for now.

Fair Political Practices Commission Chairwoman Ann Ravel announced today that John W. Wallace, a longtime attorney with the agency, has been selected for to serve in the position as acting executive director.

Wallace, who has been an assistant general counsel in the agency's legal division for 10 years, served as the commission's acting general counsel for several months last year.

"John is perfect for this job," Ravel said in a statement. "He has a great deal of experience in the Act, he has management and personnel experience, and he is committed to the FPPC."

The appointment was approved by the five-member commission during a closed-session meeting conducted via phone Thursday, FPPC spokeswoman Tara Stock said.

The executive director duties had been delegated to various members of the FPPC staff, including Ravel and the commission's general counsel, since former Executive Director Roman Porter stepped down in October. Ravel had previously said that the commission did not have enough money to hire someone new for the post. It was not immediately clear whether the commission is still searching for a permanent executive director.

Wallace's salary has not changed, a spokeswoman for the commission said. The commission says his current salary is $103,000.

Editor's note: This post has been updated to clarify that Wallace is serving as acting executive director. His salary has also been added to the post.


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