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Brown puts Marine General the head of State Parks Department

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In the wake of a financial scandal at state parks, Gov. Jerry Brown tapped retired U.S. Marine Corps Major General Anthony L. Jackson to run the beleaguered department, he announced today.

Jackson, 63, served 36 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, most recently in charge of installations in the Southwest. He has worked with state and federal officials on renewable energy, fire suppression, state parks and off-highway vehicle use, according to Brown’s office.

His appointment comes after the July resignation of longtime California Department of Parks and Recreation Director Ruth Coleman following a discovery that parks administrators had hidden more than $50 million. That revelation came after state investigators found parks officials conducted an unauthorized leave buyback program, using a surplus of cash that was never reported to the Department of Finance.

“Major General Jackson brings more than thirty years of problem-solving and management experience to Parks, serving most recently as the Commanding General of Marine bases across the Southwestern U.S. and tens of thousands of troops and civilians,” Brown said in a statement. “Under Major General Jackson’s leadership, I am confident that the stewardship of California’s beaches, forests, estuaries, dunes and wetlands is in good hands and that the confidence and trust of Californians in our Parks Department will be restored.”

Jackson is registered as a decline-to-state voter and will earn $150,112 annually as parks director.

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  1. Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

    “Jackson is registered as a decline-to-state voter and will earn $150,112 annually as parks director.” And once again refresh me on why the 29 palms city manager makes so much more than men and women like this with so much more responsibilities

  2. Claude Short Claude Short says:

    The 29 Palms city manager makes more (just like the Yucca Valley Town Manager and the HDWD Director) because they can get away with it!

  3. Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

    Off Highway vehicle….. Marine Corps….. Johnson Valley OHV Area…. hummm…. let me guess how this is going to play out….

  4. Paparrazi Paparrazi says:

    Does anyone know his off highway rights point of view?

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