Monday, November 17, 2008
Governor Reappoints DA to Peace Officers Commission
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday reappointed San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis to the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training for a second term.
Established by the Legislature in 1959, the 16-member commission sets minimum selection and training standards for California law enforcement, and 15 of its members are appointed by the governor—with the advice and consent of the Senate—for three-year overlapping terms while the Attorney General serves as an ex officio member.
A Republican, Dumanis, 56, joined the commission in 2006, and has served as a district attorney since 2003. She was admitted to the State Bar in 1977 after attending college at the University of Massachusetts and law school at Western State University, and began her legal career as a deputy district attorney in the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.
Dumanis later became a juvenile court referee for the San Diego Superior Court in 1990, and then served as a municipal and then superior court judge from 1994 to 2003.
There is no salary for the position.
In other news, the governor on Friday also appointed Sacramento attorney Linda Kelly, 41, as a legal advisor for the Public Employment Relations Board.
A 1996 admittee to the State Bar and a Democrat, Kelly has served as labor relations counsel III at the California Department of Personnel Administration since 2006, and previously served the California Union of Safety Employees—now known as the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association—as senior staff counsel from 2005 to 2006, and as staff counsel in the preceding eight years.
Kelly attended UCLA and the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific in Sacramento, and previously served for one year as a hearing representative at the California Correctional Peace Officers Association beginning in 1996.
The position does not require Senate confirmation and the salary is $103,000.
Schwarzenegger also reappointed Granite Bay attorney Kate Hart, 37, to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.
A Republican, Hart is a senior associate attorney for Sacramento-based Abbott and Kindermann’s environmental law practice where she has practiced since 2006, and has served on the board since 2005.
She was admitted to the State Bar in 1997 after attending Santa Clara University and the McGeorge School of Law, and began her career as an associate attorney with Woods and Daube in 1997, before joining Crosby, Heafey, Roach and May in 2000, and then Trainor Robertson—now known as Trainor Fairbrook—in 2004.
Hart is also a member of Trout Unlimited, CalTrout and the Sacramento Valley Conservancy Board of Trustees.
The position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.
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