Appointments

Senate overwhelmingly approves Secretary Diaz, Director Osborn

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CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz

On Sept. 4, CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz was unanimously confirmed by the State Senate. Also confirmed was Director of Administrative Services Jennifer Osborn. Both votes were 40-0.

Diaz was appointed Secretary of CDCR in March 2019. He had served as Acting Secretary since 2018.

He was undersecretary of operations for CDCR from 2016 to 2018, deputy director of facility operations from 2014 to 2016 and associate director of high security institutions from 2013 to 2014.

Diaz served in several positions at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran, from 2000 to 2013, including as warden, acting warden, chief deputy administrator, captain and counselor supervisor. He was a correctional counselor and correctional officer at California State Prison, Corcoran, from 1993 to 2000 and a correctional officer at Wasco State Prison from 1991 to 1993.