State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation executive brings substantial administrative experience
SAN FRANCISCO—The Judicial Council of California today unanimously voted to select Martin N. Hoshino, Undersecretary for Operations at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), as the next Administrative Director. He will begin work October 1, the day after Administrative Director Steven Jahr retires.
“I am thrilled that Martin will be joining the judicial branch,” said Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, who chairs the Judicial Council. “He has served in the executive branch with distinction for 15 years and comes highly recommended for his administrative expertise and competence.”
In heading up one of the CDCR’s two principal divisions, Mr. Hoshino oversaw a $10 billion budget, 60,000 employees, 34 prisons, and a host of other facilities. In 2012, he was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the joint executive California Trial Court Funding Work Group, which was established by the Chief Justice and the Governor to evaluate progress on state trial court funding.
“When I served on the Trial Court Funding Work Group, I was impressed with the Chief Justice’s commitment to a strong court system that efficiently provides essential government services, as it parallels the Governor’s approach with Corrections,” said Mr. Hoshino. “My own career encompasses a broad mix of statewide policymaking, oversight of budget and operations, and collaboration with the justice system and Legislature. I’m looking forward to applying my experience and administrative skills to serve the needs of the Judicial Council and the judicial branch.”
Mr. Hoshino was selected after a nationwide search by a Judicial Council search committee. “We were fortunate to have well-qualified applicants,” said Justice Harry Hull, a Sacramento appellate justice who headed up the committee. “Martin is highly regarded within the Brown Administration, has worked well with the Legislature, and his work experience reflects his deep and broad understanding of state government. One of his references called him an ‘administrator’s administrator.’ Every judge and justice in this state understands that effective and efficient administrative leadership helps us to do our job of providing access to justice. The judicial branch and the people of California will be well-served by him.”
Since 2003, Mr. Hoshino has served in various capacities at the CDCR: Besides undersecretary of operations, he has served as undersecretary of administration and offender services, executive officer at the Board of Parole Hearings, and assistant secretary at the Office of Internal Affairs. Before joining Corrections, Mr. Hoshino worked in the California Office of the Inspector General and the State Controller’s Office. He earned a master’s degree in public administration and political science from UC Davis. His salary will be $240,828.
The Judicial Council is the policymaking body of the California courts, the largest court system in the nation. Under the leadership of the Chief Justice and in accordance with the California Constitution, the council is responsible for ensuring the consistent, independent, impartial, and accessible administration of justice.