McGeorge School of Law

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appoints McGeorge alum Gary Winuk, Chief Deputy Director of the Office of Homeland Security

September 14, 2006

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of Matthew Bettenhausen as director of the Office of Homeland Security.

"Matt has dedicated his career to public service and public safety. He has worked on homeland security at the national level and shares my commitment to ensuring our state is secure," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "Together we will continue protecting California and make certain we are working together with federal and local agencies to prevent and prepare for any disaster."

Bettenhausen has served as director of State and Territorial Coordination for the United States Department of Homeland Security since 2003. In this position he managed the Department's efforts related to state, territorial and tribal governments including information and intelligence sharing and coordinating funding distribution. He also worked directly with state homeland security advisors and served on several senior policy coordinating committees and working groups concerning homeland security prevention, preparedness, response and recovery issues. Previously, he served as deputy governor for criminal justice and public safety and special counsel to the Governor of Illinois from 2000-2003. In this position he directed the law enforcement, criminal justice and public safety functions of state government. During this time, he was also appointed director of Homeland Security for the state where he coordinated the state's terrorism and disaster preparedness efforts. In addition, Bettenhausen served as chair of the Illinois Statewide Criminal Code Rewrite and Reform Commission, executive director of the Capital Punishment Commission and created the first statewide Terrorism Task Force in Illinois. From 1987 to 2000 he served in several positions within the United States Department of Justice and United States Attorney's Office in Chicago, including as assistant United States attorney.

"I look forward to putting my experience and expertise to work alongside Governor Schwarzenegger in protecting the people of California and preparing the state to handle any emergency," said Bettenhausen. "I am honored he has entrusted me to serve the people by leading the state's homeland security efforts."

Bettenhausen, 44, of Washington, DC, earned a Juris Doctor degree and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $130,000. Bettenhausen is a Republican.

The Governor also announced the appointment of Gary Winuk as chief deputy director for the Office of Homeland Security. He has served as a deputy director for the Office since 2003, coordinating preparation, response, and recovery efforts of state and local first responder agencies. He has also served as a First Lieutenant in the California Army National Guard since 2003. Previously, he served as a deputy director for the Office of Criminal Justice Planning (OCJP). Prior to that, Winuk was a deputy district attorney for San Joaquin County from 1997 to 1999. Winuk, 36, of Elk Grove, holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers University and a Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation $119,000. Winuk is a Democrat.