Gov. Brown names Deputy Director to head Boating and Waterways

SACRAMENTO (LOG NEWS SERVICE) — Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Lynn Sadler of Fair Oaks as deputy director of the Division of Boating Waterways (DBW).

Sadler, 63, was appointed a staff member in Brown’s office from 1980 to 1981. Since then she has held numerous positions in and out of state government including her present position as director of the California Public Utilities Commission’s Office of Government Affairs since 2012.

In spite of efforts by the boating community to prevent it, on July 1, 2013 the Department of Boating and Waterways — as part of Brown’s Government Reorganization Plan No. 2 — officially became a division and merged into the Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks). The position of director for the former department was eliminated and replaced by a deputy director who would head the new division. 

The merger was part of a reorganization plan by Brown that he said would consolidate and simplify the state’s organization structure by combining and streamlining duplicate functions. Brown said his plan would reduce cost and save taxpayers’ dollars while strengthening the resources and services DBW provided its constituents.

The Division of Boating and Waterways provides grants to a county, city, district or other public agency for the construction of small craft boating launching facilities. It also provides loans to a local public or private entities for funding to plan, design, renovate and construct small craft harbors, marinas, dry storage facilities and fund emergency repairs.

Funding for approved projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of vessel gasoline and the repayment of principal and interest on department-made loans.

As deputy director, Sadler also will be the Boating Law Administrator for California. She will report to Director Lisa Mangat of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Sadler’s position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $122,796.

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