Sacramento, CA – Governor Jerry Brown appoints Major General Anthony Jackson to take over the reins of California State Parks. Jackson is taking over amid the parks scandal, where $54 million dollars was found sitting in two accounts while over 70 parks were on the chopping block, including Railtown 1897.
Governor Brown says, “Major General Jackson brings more than thirty years of problem-solving and management experience to Parks, serving most recently as the Commanding General of Marine bases across the Southwestern U.S. and tens of thousands of troops and civilians,” Brown adds, “Under Major General Jackson’s leadership, I am confident that the stewardship of California’s beaches, forests, estuaries, dunes and wetlands is in good hands and that the confidence and trust of Californians in our Parks Department will be restored.”
Brown’s Office says Major General Jackson, 63, of Fallbrook, recently retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 36 years of service. Prior to his retirement, Jackson served as the Commanding General, Marine Corps, Installations West. They say in this role, he was responsible for the command and control of Marine Corps installations in the Southwestern U.S., including oversight of administration, fiscal, military, construction and energy programs and the welfare of 13,000employees and more than 60,000 Marines and sailors.
Brown’s Office says Commanding General, Jackson has worked on a wide variety of state and federal legislative issues, including improving energy efficiency and expanding renewable energy. They say he routinely met with and briefed state and federal legislative leaders and elected officials on issues such as renewable energy generation, fire suppression, state parks and off-highway vehicle use.
The former director, Ruth Coleman resigned during the scandal.