Calif. gov looks to AG's staff for state EPA post

Jessica M. Karmasek Jul. 13, 2011, 10:56am


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed the state's chief deputy attorney general to serve as secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency.

Matt Rodriquez, 58, has served the California Department of Justice since 1987. A Democrat, he also currently serves as the chief assistant attorney general.

From 1987 to 1999, he served as deputy attorney general, representing 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 office's Land Law Section. As a chief assistant attorney general since 2008, he has overseen the Public Rights Division.

Prior to joining the department, Rodriquez 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.

Rodriquez's appointment requires state Senate confirmation.

His annual salary would be $175,000, according to the Governor's Office. Brown is Rodriquez's former boss, as he was attorney general before being elected governor last year.

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