Elvin Valenzuela, 51, of Visalia has been appointed warden at the California Men’s Colony (CMC), where he has served as acting warden since 2011.

Valenzuela has served in multiple positions for the department since 1987, including chief deputy administrator, associate warden and correctional captain at CMC, associate warden at North Kern State Prison, correctional lieutenant, correctional sergeant and correctional officer at Corcoran State Prison and correctional officer at Avenal State Prison. His position does not require Senate confirmation.