Three from region named to state posts

Gov. Schwarzenegger named three Bay Area folks to administration posts today:

  • duncan.bmpJohn Duncan, 49, a Tiburon Republican, was appointed director of the California Department of Industrial Relations — a job he has held before. He has been a member and chair of the Public Employment Relations Board since 2004, overseeing the administration of the state’s collective bargaining statutes covering employees in the state of California. Earlier, he was the Industrial Relations Department’s deputy director of communications for DIR from 1991 to 1995 and chief deputy from 1995 to 1997 when he became acting director; he was the permanent director in 1998-99, advising Gov. Pete Wilson on labor and employment issues. From 1999 to 2001, he was president and chief operating officer of Magnitude Information Systems, a company specializing in software and internet solutions for preventing workplace injuries; from 2001 to 2004, he ran Duncan Consulting, designing communications strategies for corporate, legal and government clients and specialized in navigating labor-related regulatory issues. Earlier yet, Duncan had been special assistant to U.S. Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger from 1985 to 1987 — during the Iran-Contra scandal for which Weinberger later was indicted and pardoned — and special assistant to the deputy assistant secretary of defense for International Security Affairs from 1983 to 1984. The appointment will require Senate confirmation; the job pays $142,965.
  • Kirk Miller, 56, a Democrat from Piedmont, was appointed deputy secretary and general counsel for the state Resources Agency. The attorney since 2004 has been with the Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges firm in San Francisco; he worked for the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan from 1994 to 2003 as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Earlier, he was at the McGlinchey Stafford firm from 1992 to 1994, and held several positions including vice president and general counsel at American Medical International from 1979 to 1991. His appointment doesn’t requiree Senate confirmation, and the job pays $118,284.
  • rystrom.jpgTiffany Rystrom, 64, a Sausalito Republican, was appointed to the Public Employment Relations Board. Rystrom since 2001 has been of counsel with the Carroll, Burdick & McDonough firm in San Francisco; her practice there has focused on employment law, commercial litigation and providing “general counsel” services to businesses without an in-house general counsel. Earlier, she was a partner at Franchetti & Rystrom (previously known as Franchetti & Franchetti) from 1983 to 2000; a deputy attorney general for the state Attorney General’s Office from 1980 to 1983; and a deputy district attorney for the Marin County District Attorney’s Office from 1978 to 1979. Rystrom’s appointment will require Senate confirmation; the job pays $123,897.
  • Josh Richman

    Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.