Sources close to Jerry Brown tell the Express that the new attorney general will be naming his wife, Anne Gust, as a top adviser in his administration. Gust won’t be paid for her work, which will avoid any messy questions of nepotism, the sources say. Before running Brown’s successful campaign (another job she didn’t get paid for), Gust served as general counsel for the Gap (for which she presumably did get paid).
A recent memo from the attorney general-elect to his new staff notes that he hasn’t yet decided who he plans to name his chief deputy attorney general for administration and policy, a post now held by Steve Coony. Coony manages the executive staff. Interestingly, Brown follows up his comment on Coony’s job by talking about Gust: “Some of you may have noticed my wife Anne accompanying me as I have made the rounds of the various offices. I find her advice pretty invaluable and very practical.”
Three sources also say Brown has tapped Oakland police Lt. Pete Sarna to come work for him. Sarna was the architect of Brown’s controversial plan to place curfews on parolees. — Will
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