William "Joe" Sullivan, 65, of Tehachapi has been appointed warden of California Correctional Institution, where he has served as the acting warden since 2017, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday.

According to a news release from the governor's office, Sullivan was retired annuitant chief deputy warden at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 2011 to 2017, where he was associate director of general population from 2008 to 2010 and correctional administrator from 1994 to 1997. He served in several positions at CCI from 1997 to 2008, including warden and chief deputy warden.

Sullivan served as supervisor of correctional education programs at California State Prison, Los Angeles from 1993 to 1994 and at Preston School of Industry from 1992 to 1993. He was administrative assistant to the warden at CCI from 1990 to 1992, where he was supervisor of vocational instruction from 1988 to 1990. Sullivan served as vocational instructor at California Rehabilitation Center from 1984 to 1988.

He earned a master of arts degree in educational administration from California State University, Los Angeles. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $145,440, the news release stated.