California executive branch

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The California executive branch consists of elected officers and other offices and officers. The elected executive officers are:


Agencies under the direction of a secretary that report directly to the Governor are cabinet-level agencies, to which other agencies are subordinate:[1]

Independent entities[edit]


Generally, a Cabinet-level head of an agency in California holds the title of "secretary", while the head of a department holds the title of "director." Exceptions include the head of the Department of the California Highway Patrol, whose title is actually "commissioner."

The vast majority of state government agencies and departments are headquartered in Sacramento or in parts of Sacramento County near the city of Sacramento; in turn, the larger agencies and departments also have local offices around the state which report to headquarters in Sacramento. Notable exceptions include the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Department of Industrial Relations, which are both headquartered in San Francisco.


Other defunct statewide elected offices that no longer exist include the Comptroller (which became Controller in 1862), the Surveyor General (1849–1926), and the Clerk of the Supreme Court.

In June 2012, Governor Jerry Brown obtained approval from the Legislature to proceed with a reorganization plan.[2] By July 2013, the business and housing components of BTH will be consolidated with the consumer components of SCSA to form the new Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency; the remainder of SCSA and the Technology Agency will merge into the new Government Operations Agency; and the transportation components of BTH along with the formerly separate California Transportation Commission will become part of the new Transportation Agency.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ California state government. The executive branch. 2008 Dec 18. Accessed 2008 Dec 29.
  2. ^ Office of the Governor, Governor Brown's Government Reorganization Plan Becomes Law, 3 July 2012.