Following the resignations of his press secretary and chief deputy press secretary, Gov. Jerry Brown has promoted a spokesman from within his office to oversee the administration's Spartan communications effort.
Evan Westrup, 31, was Brown's deputy press secretary in his 2010 campaign for governor and joined the administration in the same capacity when Brown took office in 2011.
Westrup's appointment, announced today, follows the resignations of press secretary Gil Duran and chief deputy press secretary Elizabeth Ashford. Duran has already left the administration. Ashford will leave next month. When she does, Westrup will oversee a shoestring office of three people, including himself.
Like Brown, Westrup is a Democrat. He will be paid $130,000 a year.
Westrup previously worked as a deputy press secretary for Brown when Brown was state attorney general, and as an associate communications director for Brown's predecessor, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
PHOTO CREDIT: California Gov. Jerry Brown explains his budget proposal during a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Randall Benton / Sacramento Bee