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Brown Names Staffer As New State Labor Secretary

Brown Names Staffer As New State Labor Secretary

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is naming a new secretary of labor to replace his appointee to the position, the retiring Marty Morgenstern.

The governor on Wednesday named David Lanier as secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency.

Lanier, who is 46, has been chief deputy legislative affairs secretary in Brown's office since 2011 and previously held posts in the state Assembly. The job requires confirmation from the state Senate and comes with a $182,500 salary.

The agency handles contract negotiations with state employee unions and includes oversight of the Employment Development Department, which has faced criticism for a botched computer upgrade that delayed unemployment checks to thousands of Californians. Lawmakers held a hearing Wednesday to investigate.

The governor says Morgenstern, his longtime confidant, will stay as an unpaid adviser.

 

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