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California Personnel Board names officers for 2015

State Personnel Board member Richard Costigan participates in a CalPERS meeting via computer while in Florida for the 2012 Republican Party convention. Costigan has been re-elected as the board’s CalPERS representative for 2015.
State Personnel Board member Richard Costigan participates in a CalPERS meeting via computer while in Florida for the 2012 Republican Party convention. Costigan has been re-elected as the board’s CalPERS representative for 2015. The Sacramento Bee

California’s merit system watchdog, the State Personnel Board, has re-elected its current CalPERS representative and elected a new president and vice president for 2015.

The five-member panel chose Richard Costigan to again serve as its representative on the CalPERS Board of Administration, elected Vice President Kimiko Burton to serve as president and named Lauri Shanahan as vice president.

Costigan, a lobbyist with the Sacramento office of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, was appointed to the Personnel Board in 2007 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Before that, he was Schwarzenegger’s deputy chief of staff and legislative affairs secretary. Costigan also served two Republican Assembly leaders as chief of staff. He lives in Sacramento.

Burton, a San Francisco deputy city attorney since 2003, was appointed to the Personnel Board by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2012. Daughter of legendary Democratic politician John Burton, she also worked in San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown's administration as a staff attorney from 1995 to 1996 and as San Francisco’s public defender from 2001 to 2003. She replaces the current board president, Patricia Clarey, whose 10-year term ends next month.

Brown also appointed Woodside resident Shanahan in 2012. She owns a retail and consumer-products consulting business, Maroon Peak Advisors, and serves on boards of directors for Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., Charlotte Russe Holdings and Deckers Outdoor Corp.

The Personnel Board was created in 1934 to administer the state’s civil-service system and to protect it from political patronage. Board members are appointed to 10-year terms and currently receive $42,726.84 per year for serving on the panel.

Editors note, Dec. 3, 2014: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated Kimiko Brown’s résumé.

Call Jon Ortiz, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1043.

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