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October 5, 2017 9:01pm
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•  Water district names new general manager

•  A promotion at a Valley baseball company

•  And more…..


• Ara Azhderian has been hired as the general manager of the Panoche Water District in western Fresno County.

Mr. Azhderian has served as the water policy administrator for the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority for the past 13 years. In this capacity, he worked on a wide range of issues relating to Central Valley Project operations, finance, and regulations.

Prior to his work at the Authority, he was the watermaster for San Luis Water District, where he oversaw the district’s water delivery activities.

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• Taylor McCarthy has been promoted to assistant general manager of the Stockton Ports.

Currently, Mr. McCarthy directs all marketing operations and oversees the graphics/web design and community relations departments. In his new role, he will continue to manage those areas in addition to assisting in the day-to-day managerial duties of the organization.

He will enter into his sixth season in Minor League Baseball and fifth with the Ports in Spring 2018.

Prior to his time with the Ports, he worked for the Lowell Spinners’ (Short A-Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) Public Relations and Promotions Department and then spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons as the general manager of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League’s Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide.

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• Candace Murch, 52, of Elk Grove, has been appointed chief of the Office of Labor Relations at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Ms. Murch has been a principal labor relations officer at the California Department of Human Resources since 2014. She served in several positions at the California Department of State Hospitals from 2001 to 2014, including labor relations specialist and chief of the Labor Relations Branch.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $125,004. Ms. Murch is a Democrat.

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• Kristen Kane, 34, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief counsel in the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration’s Office of Tax Appeals, where she will serve as acting director.

She has served as deputy director of the California Competes Tax Credit Program at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) since 2016. Ms. Kane served as tax counsel at the California Franchise Tax Board from 2010 to 2016, where she was a graduate legal assistant in 2008.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $170,004. Ms. Kane is a Democrat.

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• Christopher Shultz, 44, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief deputy director at the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Mr. Shultz has been deputy commissioner of community programs and policy initiatives at the California Department of Insurance since 2011. He was legislative director in the Office of California State Assemblyman Dave Jones from 2009 to 2010, where he served as chief of staff from 2004 to 2006.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $152,712. Mr. Shultz is a Democrat.

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• Natalie Daniel, 39, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of administration at the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Ms. Daniel has been fiscal supervisor at the Judicial Council of California since 2015. She served in several positions at the California Department of Finance from 2009 to 2015, including staff finance budget analyst for state operations and the Capital Outlay Unit.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $132,288. Ms. Daniel is registered without party preference.

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• Christopher Castrillo, 30, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director at the Office of Board and Bureau Services at the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Mr. Castrillo was a legislative advocate at Shaw/Yoder/Antwih Inc. from 2014 to 2017, where he was a legislative aide from 2013 to 2014.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $119,004. Mr. Castrillo is a Democrat.

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• Patrick Le, 27, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant deputy director at the Office of Board and Bureau Services at the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Le has been assistant chief of external affairs at Covered California since 2015. He was a legislative aide for the California State Assembly Rules Committee from 2013 to 2014 and a capital fellow for the California State Assembly from 2012 to 2013.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $98,004. Mr. Le is a Democrat.

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• Karen Nelson, 37, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant deputy director at the Office of Board and Bureau Services at the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Ms. Nelson has been chief operations officer at the American Leadership Forum Mountain Valley Chapter since 2014, where she served as director of programs and business administration from 2011 to 2013.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $98,004. Ms. Nelson is a Democrat.

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• Nidhi Thakar, 36, of Washington, D.C., has been appointed chief for strategy and external affairs at the California Public Utilities Commission. Ms. Thakar served as a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy from 2015 to 2017. She was deputy director of the Public Lands Project at the Center for American Progress from 2014 to 2015, and an associate at Perkins Coie LLP from 2008 to 2014.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $145,008. Ms. Thakar is a Democrat.


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