SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments: Ken Pimlott, 45, of Cameron Park, has been appointed director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). He has served in multiple resource management and fire protection positions with the department since 1993 and has served as acting director since 2010.
Pimlott began his career as a seasonal fire fighter in 1987 and is a Registered Professional Forester. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $167,664. Pimlott is registered decline-to-state.
Matt Rodriquez, 58, of Castro Valley, has been appointed secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA). Rodriquez has served with the California Department of Justice since 1987, currently serving as chief deputy attorney general and chief assistant attorney general. As a deputy attorney general from 1987 to 1999, he represented the Attorney General and clients of the Land Law Section of the Attorney General’s Office, including the California Coastal Commission, State Lands Commission, and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.
As a senior assistant attorney general from 1999 to 2008, Rodriquez oversaw the Land Law Section of the Attorney General’s Office and as a chief assistant attorney general since 2008 he has overseen the Public Rights Division of the Attorney General’s Office. Prior to joining the California Department of Justice, Rodiquez was deputy city attorney for the City of Hayward from 1985 to 1987, assistant city attorney for the City of Livermore from 1983 to 1985, associate program analyst for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research from 1981 to 1983, and graduate student assistant for the California Coastal Commission from 1979 to 1981. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $175,000. Rodriquez is a Democrat.