Gov. Brown appoints 3 agency heads in reorganization

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Gov. Jerry Brown has named leaders of three newly formed departments as part of a reorganization of state government.

The Democratic governor on Tuesday appointed 58-year-old Marybel Batjerd (BAT'-jur) as secretary of the Government Operations Agency. She is a former cabinet secretary to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

He also named former Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, who is 59, as secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. Brian Kelly, who is 44, was named secretary of the Transportation Agency.

All are Democrats.

The appointments are part of a move to consolidate five California agencies into three, effective July 1. Brown's administration says the current system combines unrelated departments and scatters related ones throughout state government.

The positions come with an annual salary of $180,250 and require confirmation by the Senate.

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