Governor Brown Announces Appointments

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.

Francis Johnston, 75, of San Rafael, has been appointed to the Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun, where he has served since 2008. Johnston is a retired rear admiral in the United States Maritime Service. He was the western region director for the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration from 1990 to 2008 and the head of maritime affairs for the U.S. Navy from 1984 to 1990. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $600 per month. Johnston is registered decline-to-state.

Tracy Rhine, 39, of El Dorado has been appointed deputy director of Legislative and Policy Review for the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Rhine has served as assistant executive officer and staff to the Board of Behavioral Sciences since 2008. She served as a consultant to the California State Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection from 2005 to 2008 and as a consultant to the Speaker’s Office of Member Services from 2002 to 2005. She was a graduate research assistant in the Governor’s Office of Innovation in 2002 and a program coordinator at Changing Courses from 1988 to 2001. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $103,008. Rhine is a Democrat.

Michael Richwine, 53, of Rocklin, has been appointed assistant state fire marshal at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Richwine has worked at the Office of the State Fire Marshal in multiple positions since 1986, and has been the division chief of State Fire Training since 2005. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $105,420. Richwine is a Republican.

Lisa Silverman, 45, of Pilot Hill, has been appointed executive officer for the Office of Public School Construction at the California Department of General Services, where she has served as acting executive officer since 2010. Silverman served as senior management auditor and chief of fiscal services at the Office of Public School Construction from 2006 to 2010 and was a business tax specialist and associate tax auditor for the Board of Equalization from 1997 to 2006. She was an associate tax auditor and hearing officer for the Franchise Tax Board from 1984 to 1997. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $110,580. Silverman is a Democrat.

Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2007. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.