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Christenson becomes first female to hold key exec post with state contractors’ board

Cindi Christenson has been named the first female registrar of contractors of California’s Contractors State License Board in its 85-year history.

She assumes her new duties on Jan. 1. A lawyer and mechanical engineer, Christenson has been serving as chief deputy registrar of the Sacramento-based CSLB, which regulates and licenses the state’s construction industry. It currently licenses nearly 300,000 contractors in more than 40 classifications.

In a statement, CSLB board Chairman David Dias called Christenson “a 33-year career state executive (who) has successfully demonstrated her fiscal, policy, regulation, legislative and operational management abilities.” He also noted that she will “have the distinction of serving as CSLB’s first female registrar of contractors among the known 15 executives who have served in this position since 1929.”

Christenson’s annual salary will be $125,664.

CSLB has more than 400 employees and eight consumer protection offices.

Before joining CSLB, Christenson was an executive officer of the California Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors from 1996 to 2009. She was that organization’s senior engineering registrar from 1988 to 1996 and previously worked as an associate mechanical engineer with the state Department of Water Resources. The El Dorado Hills resident earned her law degree from the Lincoln Law School of Sacramento in 2003.

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.