Appointments and Promotions

Governor fills top CDCR posts

Governor Gavin Newsom announced the following appointments.

Jennifer L. Barretto was appointed CDCR undersecretary of administration. Charles W. Callahan was appointed deputy director of Facility Support. Ronald C. Davis was appointed associate director of Reception Center Institutions.

Jennifer Barretto has been director of Health Care Policy and Administration at CDCR since 2020. She served as deputy director of Facility Support for the Division of Adult Institutions (DAI) from 2019 to 2020 and as assistant deputy director from 2017 to 2019.

She was chief deputy administrator of the Contract Beds Unit from 2016 to 2017 and acting warden and chief deputy warden of California Health Care Facility, Stockton from 2015 to 2016.

She held multiple positions at California State Prison, Sacramento including associate warden and correctional administrator from 2014 to 2015 and 2008 to 2010. She was correctional business manager I from 2006 to 2008.

She was associate director of Human Resources at headquarters from 2012 to 2014 and correctional administrator in the High Security Mission of DAI from 2010 to 2012.

This position requires Senate confirmation.

Charles Callahan has served as Acting Deputy Director of Facility Support since 2020. Callahan was warden at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison from 2017 to 2019, where he was chief deputy warden from 2013 to 2016.

He was associate warden at Valley State Prison for Women from 2008 to 2013, and correctional business manager there from 2005 to 2007. He held several positions at Centinela State Prison from 2007 to 2008 and from 1995 to 2005. These positions included associate warden, correctional business manager, procurement and services officer and vocational instructor.

This position does not require Senate confirmation.

Ronald Davis was acting associate director of Reception Center Institutions since 2020. He was warden at San Quentin State Prison from 2014 to 2020. He was warden at Valley State Prison from 2012 to 2014. He was chief deputy warden at Avenal State Prison from 2010 to 2012.

He served in several positions at California State Prison, Corcoran, from 2006 to 2010. These positions included correctional administrator, facility captain and correctional captain.

He was a business manager and correctional lieutenant at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran, from 2002 to 2006.

He served in several positions at Salinas Valley State Prison from 1996 to 2002. These positions included lieutenant, sergeant and correctional officer. He was a Correctional Officer at the Correctional Training Facility, Soledad, from 1994 to 1996.

This position requires Senate confirmation.