Governor Jerry Brown announced Wednesday that former California Correctional Institution warden Michael Stainer, 50, has been appointed director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Division of Adult Institutions.
He has been acting director there since 2013 and served as deputy director of facility operations from 2012 to 2013. Although he was a Tehachapi resident since 1978, Stainer now lives in El Dorado Hills.
Stainer held multiple positions at CCI from 2004 to 2011, including warden, acting warden, chief deputy warden, associate warden and correctional captain. He was a correctional captain at the California State Prison Los Angeles from 2002 to 2004 and held multiple positions at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi from 1987 to 2002, including correctional counselor supervisor, lieutenant, sergeant and officer.
Stainer is a second generation warden of CCI. His father, Jerry Stainer, was warden at Corcoran State Prison, 1989-91, then warden at CCI for two years, retiring from that institution in 1993.
Stainer was 15 when his family moved from the suburbs of Sacramento to Cummings Valley when his father first went to work at the facility.
From then until he graduated from Tehachapi High School in 1981, he lived with his family in a house on the prison grounds.
He attended Bakersfield College for a year and then moved to Mammoth, where he worked in the ski industry for four years before joining the Department of Corrections, becoming an officer, sergeant, lieutenant and Correctional Counselor II at CCI.
For two years, from 2002 to 2004, he served as a correctional captain at the California State Prison in Lancaster, after which he returned to CCI as a captain.
He was promoted to associate warden in 2005 and chief deputy warden in 2008.
Stainer's new position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $155,436.