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Biography - CalHR Director Richard Gillihan

​Richard Gillihan, Director of the California Department of Human Resources 

CalHR Director Richard Gillihan

CalHR Director Richard Gillihan


Richard Gillihan is the Director of the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR). He was appointed to the post by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in October 2014. CalHR was created on July 1, 2012 by Governor Brown’s Reorganization Plan Number 1 of 2011. The plan consolidated the State of California’s Department of Personnel Administration with certain programs of the State Personnel Board. CalHR is responsible for all issues related to labor relations and collective bargaining; employee salaries and benefits; job classifications, civil rights, training, exams, recruitment and retention.


Prior to his appointment, Gillihan served as acting director since February 2014. Gillihan held several positions at the California Department of Finance since 2002, including program budget manager, assistant program budget manager, chief of information technology operations and consulting and assistant chief and data processing manager at the Office of Technology Review, Oversight and Security.


Gillihan also served in several positions at the California Department of the Youth Authority from 1994 to 2002, including data processing manager in the Information Technology Office, associate programmer analyst at the N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility, programmer II at the Preston Youth Correctional Facility and programmer I in the Training Services Division. Gillihan was an independent information technology consultant from 1991 to 1994.

  Updated: 2/20/2015
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