Erin V. Peth will serve as the California Fair Political Practice Commission's new executive director, the campaign finance watchdog decided in a closed session meeting today.
Peth will take over a position that has been filled on an interim basis since Roman Porter stepped down back in 2011. Peth has been working as a deputy legal affairs secretary in the governor's office. Before that, she was a deputy attorney general in the California Department of Justice.
"The Commission has appointed an outstanding person to the position of executive director," FPPC Chair Ann Ravel said in a statement. "Her years of experience with the Political Reform Act and with state government will serve the FPPC well."
Ravel herself could be on the way out. President Barack Obama announced in June that he would nominate Ravel for a spot on the Federal Elections Commission, a post that would require a Senate confirmation.