Governor Schwarzenegger Made the Following CDCR Appointments on Feb. 25

Darby Kernan Thomas was appointed assistant secretary of legislative affairs for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Since 2007, she has been legislative director for Senator Ellen Corbett. Previously, Thomas was a consultant for Senator Wesley Chesbro from 1998 to 2007. She was a reporter for Inside Cal/EPA from 1995 to 1996 and the Vacaville Reporter from 1994 to 1995. Thomas was a writer for Business Media Services from 1993 to 1994.

George A. Neotti was appointed warden at Richard J. Donovan State Prison, for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Since 2007, he has served as chief deputy warden at Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP), where he served as acting chief deputy warden from 2006 to 2007. Previously, Neotti served SVSP as correctional administrator of complex I in 2006, and correctional administrator of business services and equal employment opportunity coordinator in 2005 and correctional business manager from 2001 to 2004. He served Pelican Bay State Prison as an employee relations officer from 1998 to 2001, food manager from 1993 to 1997 and food service supervisor in activation from 1989 to 1993. Neotti was supervising correctional cook at the California Mens Colony from 1984 to 1989.