Governor Brown Announces Appointments


SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

David Baughman, 51, of Placerville, has been appointed warden at California State Prison, Sacramento, where he has been acting warden since 2016 and has served in several positions since 1991, including chief deputy warden, associate warden, correctional captain, correctional lieutenant, correctional sergeant and correctional officer. Baughman was a correctional officer at California State Prison, Solano from 1990 to 1991 and at the California Medical Facility from 1989 to 1990. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $145,440. Baughman is a Republican.

Michael Ruff, 53, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the Board of Parole Hearings. Ruff has been a retired annuitant special agent reviewing high-security inmate conduct on the Special Projects Team at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since 2013. He was a special agent in charge at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Office of Correctional Safety from 2007 to 2013, where he was senior special agent from 2003 to 2007, acting as a gang interdiction specialist and liaison with federal, state and local law enforcement. Ruff was a captain at the Deuel Vocational Institute from 2001 to 2003, where he was a lieutenant from 1998 to 2001. He was a sergeant at San Quentin State Prison from 1994 to 1998, where he was a correctional officer from 1986 to 1994, and served as a senior airman in the U.S. Air Force from 1982 to 1985. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $142,095. Ruff is a Democrat.

Tommy Randle, 74, of San Dimas, has been reappointed to the California State Park and Recreation Commission, where he has served since 2011. Randle served as partnership coordinator at the U.S. Census Bureau from 2009 to 2010 and as a partnership specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2008 to 2009. Randle was a member of the San Dimas Parks and Recreation Commission from 1994 to 1999 and a regional product manager at International Business Machines from 1971 to 1994. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Randle is a Democrat.