SACRAMENTO -- The state Senate has confirmed Gov. Jerry Brown's nominee to head the California Department of Parks and Recreation, which came under heavy criticism for hiding $54 million during the state's budget crisis.
Monday's 28-4 vote to confirm Anthony Jackson was bipartisan.
Brown tapped the retired Marine Corps major general to run the department in November. Jackson replaces former parks director Ruth Coleman, who resigned last summer.
State auditors found the money in two special funds just as budget cuts were threatening to close 70 of the nearly 280 state parks. That followed another scandal over improper vacation payments.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Jackson has led the department through "some of its roughest and most publicly difficult times."
His salary is $150,112 a year.