Governor appoints local resident to post

Shannon Swain of Alamo named deputy superintendent for CDCR

Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointment of six California residents various state posts Tuesday, including Alamo resident Shannon Swain.

Swain, 49, has been appointed as deputy superintendent of correctional education at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which is responsible for the operation of the state prison and parole systems.

Swain has been an expert in correctional education since 2012 at Synergy Technology and Correctional Services, state officials said in a statement.

Swain was a principal, program manager, project coordinator and teacher for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Parolee Education programs at the Contra Costa County Office of Education from 1989 to 2012. She also held the position of assistant program manager at Orange County Youth and Family Services from 1984 to 1989.

The deputy superintendent appointment does not need Senate confirmation, and has a compensation of $121,908. Swain is a Democrat.


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on May 1, 2014 at 10:07 am

Pleased to hear Shannon Swain was appointed to this lucrative position....$121 Thousand dollars is a nice compensation package. But I am sure there is an additional 50% plus in other compensations go her way.

By the way, I question her being an "EXPERT IN CORRECTIONAL EDUCATION".

How on earth can anyone be an EXPERT in anything after only 29 months of experience.

Oh well who really cares...We should all's our money not Mr. Browns money.

Thanks for listening, Julia Pardini, form Alamo.

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Posted by Hey Stupid Julia P
a resident of Alamo
on May 1, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Yes, one can become an expert at something in ~2.5years .. need sufficient brains to do that. Thats why you don't get it.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on May 2, 2014 at 8:25 am

Hey my Alamo friend, pleased to see my local fan club is awake. Please, give me a break. To be qualified as an expert you need more than a couple of years...I guess you haven't been in a court room lately...

Needless to say...thank you for listening and most of all expressing your self with that intelligent comment...

Oh by the way, I really like your calling card...very innovative and I get mentioned twice.

Thanks again, Julia Pardini from Alamo

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Posted by A Reader
a resident of another community
on May 2, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Looks to this reader like she earned her Expert label during her 23 years of work when she was a principal/teacher/program manager/coordinator for a Correctional Education program for Co Co County Office of Ed. She then applied her skills as an expert at Synergy.

Given her age, she has spent more than half her life as a correctional educator, and because she has progressively promoted in her field from the role of teacher, she will have an expert level understanding of how to manage correctional educational staff. Sounds like she most definitely has the bona fides for the appointment.

Congratulations Deputy Superintendent Swain - good on you.

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