California: Governor Newsom Announces Appointments 4.19.24
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SACRAMENTO ~ In a recent announcement, Governor Gavin Newsom revealed the latest appointments to various positions within the California government. These appointments are expected to bring fresh perspectives and expertise to their respective roles.

One of the notable appointments is that of Amy Palmer as the Deputy Director of Crisis Communications and Public Affairs at the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. Palmer has an impressive background in communications, having previously served as Deputy Secretary of Communications at the California Government Operations Agency and Director of Communications and Public Relations at Covered California. She also has experience in external affairs, having worked as an Associate Secretary for External Affairs at the California Health and Human Services Agency. Palmer holds a Master of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Another appointment is that of Beth Muszynski as Assistant Director, Logistics Management at the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. Muszynski brings with her a wealth of experience in veterans affairs, having served as Assistant Deputy Secretary and Chief of Veterans Homes Operations at the California Department of Veterans Affairs. She also has a background in policy and administration, with a Master's degree from California State University, Sacramento. Muszynski is registered as a Democrat.

Roy Kennedy has been appointed as Deputy Secretary of Communications at the California Government Operations Agency. Kennedy has previously held positions at Covered California and KXTV News10, bringing valuable experience in both government communications and journalism to his new role. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Science from California State University, Sacramento.

Nicole Hisatomi will be taking on the role of Deputy Secretary of Legislation at the California Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency. With a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law and experience as Legislative Director for State Assemblymember Mark Stone, Hisatomi is well-equipped for this position.

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Lastly, Michelle Hutzel has been appointed as Special Assistant to the Secretary at the California Natural Resources Agency. Hutzel has a background in administrative roles, having previously worked at the California Department of Justice and the California Environmental Protection Agency. She is registered as a Democrat.

These appointments do not require Senate confirmation and come with varying compensations. Palmer will receive $172,140, Muszynski will receive $155,760, Kennedy will receive $159,000, Hisatomi will receive $160,008, and Hutzel will receive $105,804.

Governor Newsom expressed his confidence in these appointees and their ability to serve the people of California effectively. With their diverse backgrounds and experiences, these individuals are expected to bring valuable contributions to their respective roles within the state government.

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