Commissioner: Michael Ruff
Michael Ruff was appointed to the Board of Parole Hearings by Governor Brown on January 20, 2017. Mr. Ruff has been a retired annuitant special agent reviewing high-security inmate conduct on the Special Projects Team at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since 2013. He was a special agent in charge at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Office of Correctional Safety from 2007 to 2013, where he was senior special agent from 2003 to 2007, acting as a gang interdiction specialist and liaison with federal, state and local law enforcement. Mr. Ruff was a captain at the Deuel Vocational Institute from 2001 to 2003, where he was a lieutenant from 1998 to 2001. He was a sergeant at San Quentin State Prison from 1994 to 1998, where he was a correctional officer from 1986 to 1994, and served as a senior airman in the U.S. Air Force from 1982 to 1985.