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Brown names military leader to oversee state parks
November 13, 2012, 05:00 AM The Associated Press
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed a retired Marine Corps officer to oversee California’s scandal-plagued Department of Parks and Recreation.

Brown announced Tuesday that Maj. General Anthony L. Jackson would take the job left vacant when the former director resigned last summer amid a scandal over hidden cash.

A senior parks official also was terminated when it was revealed that employees kept $54 million hidden from the Legislature for more than a decade, even as budget cuts threatened to close dozens of parks.

Natural Resources Secretary John Laird said in a statement that Jackson, who is 63, "brings more than 30 years of problem-solving and management experience.” He said Jackson will restore Californians’ trust that their parks are in good hands.

The governor’s office did not immediately return a telephone message.


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