Gov. Brown appoints wardens at 4 CDCR institutions

Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. recently announced the appointment of wardens at four CDCR institutions.

Ronald Davis, 43, of Visalia has been appointed warden at Valley State Prison, Chowchilla, where he has served as acting warden since last year.

He was chief deputy warden at Avenal State Prison from 2010 to 2012 and held numerous positions at California State Prison, Corcoran, between 2006 and 2010, including correctional administrator, facility captain and correctional captain.

Davis served as the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran, as business manager and correctional lieutenant from 2002 to 2006. He held several positions at Salinas Valley State Prison between 1996 and 2002, including correctional lieutenant, correctional sergeant and correctional officer. He also was a correctional officer at the California Correctional Training Facility from 1994 to 1996. This position does not require Senate confirmation.

Randolf Grounds, 58, of Monterey has been appointed warden at Salinas Valley State Prison, where he has served as acting warden since 2012.

Grounds had held numerous positions at the California Correctional Training Facility since 2009, including warden and acting warden. He was associate warden at Salinas Valley State Prison from 2007 to 2009 and served at the California Correctional Institution as facility captain from 2004 to 2007 and classification and parole representative from 2001 to 2004.

Grounds was correctional counselor supervisor at the California Correctional Institution (CCI) from 1996 to 2001 and was a correctional counselor at California State Prison, Lancaster, in 1996. He was a correctional counselor at CCI from 1991 to 1996 and a deputy probation officer with the El Dorado County Probation Department from 1988 to 1991. This position does not require Senate confirmation.

Heidi Lackner, 53, of Mokelumne Hill has been appointed warden at the Sierra Conservation Center, Jamestown, where she has been serving as acting warden since 2012 and was chief deputy administrator from 2011 to 2012.

She was correctional administrator at Mule Creek State Prison from 2004 to 2011 and held numerous positions at Folsom State Prison between 1998 and 2004. Lackner was correctional business manager at the Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center from 1995 to 1998 and staff services manager at California State Prison, Solano, from 1993 to 1995.

She held numerous positions at CDCR Headquarters between 1985 and 1993, including labor relations specialist and staff services manager. Lackner earned a master of arts degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. This position does not require Senate confirmation.

Sandra Pennywell, 47, of Hanford has been appointed warden at North Kern State Prison, Delano, where she has served as acting warden since 2012.

Pennywell was chief deputy administrator at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran, from 2011 to 2012 and was associate warden at the Central California Women’s Facility from 2008 to 2011.

She held numerous positions at Avenal State Prison between 1988 and 2008, including correctional officer, correctional sergeant, correctional lieutenant, correctional counselor, facility captain and acting correctional administrator. This position does not require Senate confirmation.

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