Schwarzenegger Picks Insurance Industry Official as Aide
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) on Friday appointed Don Dunmoyer (R) to the newly created position of deputy chief of staff and senior adviser for policy development, the Sacramento Bee reports (Furillo, Sacramento Bee, 12/10). Dunmoyer currently is president of the Personal Insurance Federation of California (Davis, San Jose Mercury News, 12/10). He also served as chief administrative officer for the Assembly's Republican Caucus from 1984 to 1989.
Schwarzenegger reassigned Cabinet secretary Terry Tamminen (D) to a new position as adviser on energy and environmental issues. According to the Los Angeles Times, a person familiar with the Schwarzenegger administration suggested that Tamminen did not give Schwarzenegger enough "early warning" about problems in the state prison health care system (Nicholas, Los Angeles Times, 12/10).
Frank "Fred" Aguiar (R), secretary of consumer affairs, will take over as Cabinet secretary (San Jose Mercury News, 12/10).
Dunmoyer and Aguiar will receive salaries of $123,255 in their new appointments, which do not require Senate confirmation. Dunmoyer will assume his role Jan. 1 (Office of the Governor release, 12/9).