Governor names three to DJJ superintendent, Board of Juvenile Hearings posts

Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. has filled three top positions for CDCR’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and the Board of Juvenile Hearings.

Linda Bridges has been appointed superintendent at the Northern California Youth Correctional Center in Stockton where she has been acting superintendent since earlier this year.

She served in several positions at N.A Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility from 2012 to 2016 and from 1997 to 2001, including assistant superintendent, program administrator, parole agent and youth correctional counselor. She held several positions at O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility from 2006 to 2012, including parole agent and senior youth correctional counselor. She was a sergeant at the Stockton Training Center from 2002 to 2003.

This position does not require Senate approval.

Maria Soria Harper has been appointed superintendent at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, where she has been acting superintendent since 2016.

She has served in several positions at the Ventura facility since 1991, including assistant superintendent, program administrator, treatment team supervisor, lieutenant, senior youth correctional counselor, sergeant, youth correctional officer and Ventura Fire Camp administrator.

This position does not require Senate approval.

DaiNette Bowens, has been appointed to CDCR’s Board of Juvenile Hearings.

She has been a reentry coordinator at N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility since 2011. She was a parole agent at DJJ as a member of the Integrated Behavioral Treatment Team from 2007 to 2011.

She also held several positions at O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility from 2000 to 2007, including parole agent and youth correctional counselor. Bowens was a youth correctional counselor at N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional facility from 1998 to 2000 and a group supervisor at Heman G. Stark Youth Training School from 1997 to 1998.

This position requires Senate confirmation.

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