Thursday, August 28, 2014

California State Senate Confirms Division of Adult Institutions and Division of Rehabilitative Programs leadership 33-0

The California Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to confirm the appointments of CDCR leaders Michael Stainer, Vimal Singh, Ralph Diaz, and Millicent Tidwell.  The vote was 33-0.

Michael Stainer was confirmed as the Director of the Division of Adult Institutions (DAI) and Millicent Tidwell was confirmed as the Director of the Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP).
Vimal Singh and Ralph Diaz were both confirmed as Associate Directors of DAI.
The confirmation process for each began Aug. 14 before the Senate Rules Committee.
Stainer was appointed director of DAI in November 2013 where he had been acting director since 2013 and served as deputy director of facility operations from 2012 to 2013.

Stainer held multiple positions at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi from 2004 to 2011, including warden, acting warden, chief deputy warden, associate warden and correctional captain.
He was a correctional captain at the California State Prison Los Angeles from 2002 to 2004 and held multiple positions at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi from 1987 to 2002, including correctional counselor supervisor, lieutenant, sergeant and officer.  Tidwell was appointed director of DRP in November 2013 where she had served as acting director since 2013.

Tidwell held multiple positions at the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs from 2005 to 2013, including acting deputy director of the Licensing and Certification Division and deputy director of the Office of Criminal Justice Collaboration.  She served as chief of the California Department of Corrections Mentally Ill Offender Services from 2000 to 2005 and was a public safety policy analyst in the Office of Governor Gray Davis from 1999 to 2000.  Tidwell was an attorney in private practice from 1997 to 1999. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Lincoln Law School of Sacramento.

Vimal Singh was appointed associate director of reception center institutions at CDCR where he has served as acting director since 2013.  Singh held multiple positions at the California Medical Facility from 2009 to 2013, including warden, acting warden and chief deputy administrator.  He held multiple positions at the California State Prison, Solano from 1998 to 2009, including correctional administrator, business manager, accounting officer supervisor, budget analyst, institutional personnel officer and correctional food manager. 

Singh was a supervising correctional cook at the California State Prison, Sacramento from 1991 to 1998 and a supervising cook at Folsom State Prison and at California State Prison, Sacramento from 1989 to 1991. He was a dietary chef at the University of California, Davis Medical Center from 1987 to 1989.
Ralph Diaz was appointed associate director of high security institutions where he has served as acting associate director since 2013.

Diaz held multiple positions at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran from 2000 to 2013, including warden, acting warden, chief deputy administrator, correctional captain and counselor.  He was a correctional counselor and officer at the California State Prison, Corcoran from 1993 to 2000 and a correctional officer at Wasco State Prison from 1991 to 1993.

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