Roderick Q. Hickman, a former prison guard and a Democrat, has been nominated by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as secretary of the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency.
The Los Angeles Times says that Hickman, 47, stands out among Democrats tapped by Schwarzenegger because he served in the Davis administration as chief deputy director for field operations at the corrections department. As a prison guard, Hickman belonged to the politically powerful California Correctional Peace Officers Association. He does not have a college degree.
Schwarzenegger called Hickman “a leader in his field” who “will be a key figure in ensuring the smooth operation of our prison facilities and the successful parole of inmates from California’s correctional system.” Hickman’s boss, Corrections Director Edward S. Alameida, has been the subject of a probe into the cover-up of guard misconduct at Pelican Bay State Prison.