Jerry Brown Names HHS Secretary, Budget Director

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Governor-elect Jerry Brown has announced the first appointments of his incoming administration.

Brown on Tuesday named Diana Dooley as secretary of Health and Human Services and said he is reappointing Ana Matosantos  as director of the Department of Finance. Both are Democrats, as is Brown.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Matosantos, who is 35, to that post nearly a year ago.

Dooley, who is 59, is president and CEO of the California Children’s Hospital Association. She was legislative secretary and special assistant to Brown when he was governor from 1975 to 1983.

Brown, who will be sworn in Jan. 3, said in a news release that Matosantos has what it takes to manage the state budget at a time of fiscal crisis.

Both positions require confirmation from the state Senate.

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