Gov. Brown appoints Scott Kernan as CDCR Secretary

Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Scott Kernan as Secretary for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

Scott Kernan

Scott Kernan

“Scott started as a correctional officer and worked his way up through the ranks to become Warden at California State Prison, Sacramento, and Mule Creek State Prison and more recently, Undersecretary of Operations,” said Governor Brown. “He has the experience and the know-how to do what needs to be done.”

Kernan has served as Undersecretary for Operations at CDCR since March 2015. He was owner at Kernan Consulting from 2011 to 2015. Kernan served as Undersecretary for Operations at CDCR from 2008 to 2011. He was Chief Deputy Secretary of Adult Operations from 2007 to 2008 and Deputy Director of Adult Institutions from 2006 to 2007.

He served as Warden at California State Prison, Sacramento, from 2004 to 2006 and Warden at Mule Creek State Prison from 2003 to 2004, where he also served as a Chief Deputy Warden from 2001 to 2003 and as a Correctional Administrator from 2000 to 2001.

Kernan served as a Correctional Captain from 1991 to 2000, as a Correctional Lieutenant from 1987 to 1991, an Associate Budget Analyst from 1986 to 1987, a Correctional Sergeant from 1985 to 1986 and a Correctional Officer from 1983 to 1985. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1979 to 1982.

This position requires Senate confirmation.


3 Responses

  1. Scott Eaton Wednesday, August 17, 2016 / 3:52 am

    Congrats Scott. You’ve come along way from when we worked for Hank Stroh.

  2. Johnny Guerra Monday, January 4, 2016 / 11:27 am

    Congrats, sir. This is a huge morale booster for staff due to FINALLY having someone run this organization who started as a Corrections Officer and understands what the job entails.

  3. Derrick Patrick Tuesday, December 29, 2015 / 12:10 pm

    Congrats, sir.

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