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Tuesday, 31 October 2006 17:00

Sherry Mehl named new BAR chief

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has finally filled the position of chief at the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR). Sherry Mehl, 57, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief of the BAR. 

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 Sherry Mehl

Since 2004, she has served as chief deputy director for the Department of Consumer Affairs. Mehl previously was executive officer for the Board of Behavioral Sciences from 1995 to 2004 and the Acupuncture Board from 1992 to 1995.

Prior to that, she served on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, representing the 4th district from 1986 to 1991. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $111,768. Mehl is a Republican.

Deputy chief vacancy filled

The governor also filled the vacant position of Assistant Chief of the BAR with Dennis Kenneally.

Kenneally has had a distinguished career in the military, both on active duty and in the reserves, retiring with the rank of Major General. He has also served as advisor to the CEO of Maxim Systems, Inc., and the vice-president of Pedus Services. He was a Special Assistant, Chief Deputy, and Assistant Sheriff in the San Diego County Sheriff's administration.

He is also the former executive director of Parole Hearings at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. For six years of his 42-year career, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of the Air Force. One of his first jobs was in the service department of an automotive dealership. Kenneally is a resident of both San Diego and Sacramento.

 

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