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batjer.jpgGov. Jerry Brown has appointed Marybel Batjer, one of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's former Cabinet secretaries, to oversee state procurement, information technology and human resources under a government reorganization taking effect Monday.

Batjer, who will become secretary of a new Government Operations Agency, was one of three appointments announced by Brown's office today. In a reorganization approved by the Legislature last year, former Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency, will become secretary of the new Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.

Brian Kelly, acting secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, will become secretary of the new Transportation Agency.

Batjer, of Reno, has been vice president of public policy and corporate social responsibility at Caesars Entertainment Corp. since 2005, according to the governor's office. She was former Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn's chief of staff before joining Schwarzenegger's administration, where she worked from 2003 to 2005.

Like Brown, Batjer, 58, is a Democrat. So are Caballero and Kelly.

The appointments of Batjer, Caballero and Kelly all require Senate confirmation. The pay for each post is $180,250 a year.

PHOTO: Then-Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn gestures to Marybel Batjer during a news conference in Carson City, Nev., in 2003. AP Photo/Nevada Appeal/Cathleen Allison



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