California's corrections secretary is resigning next month after overseeing a historic shift in the state's criminal justice system that is sending thousands of lower-level criminals to county jails instead of state prisons.
Matthew Cate announced Friday that he will become executive director of the California State Association of Counties. The organization represents the 58 counties before the state and federal governments.
Now that's ironic. First he oversees the state government program dumping the problem on the counties, and now he will be the spokesman for the counties saying to the state, "Hey, you dumped the problem on us and didn't give us the resources to deal with it." That's standard operating procedure for the California Legislature, BTW.
Is Cate's departure good news? Only if Brown appoints someone better. I'm not holding my breath.