Apr 30, 2015 8:26 PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has named a budget manager to continue reform efforts at California's beleaguered parks department.
Brown appointed Lisa Mangat to lead the Department of Parks and Recreation, where she has been serving as acting director since 2014.
The previous director abruptly resigned last year after less than two years on the job. Anthony Jackson, a retired Marine Corps major general, was initially tapped to restore integrity to the department after $54 million was found hidden in secret accounts while budget cuts were threatening to close 70 of nearly 280 state parks.
The scandal forced several top parks officials to resign or be dismissed.
Mangat previously worked for the Department of Finance, the Legislative Analyst's Office and as a consultant with the Legislature. Her annual salary is $157,708.
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