Tuesday Feb. 16, 2010 • McDonald named High Desert State Prison warden

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Michael McDonald, 52, of Susanville, warden of High Desert State Prison on Thursday, Jan. 21.

George Giurbino, director, division of adult institutions, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, announced McDonald’s appointment in a memorandum to staff on Monday, Jan. 25.

“Please join me in congratulating Mr. McDonald on his appointment, thanking him for his continued dedication to the department and wishing him well,” Giurbino wrote.

McDonald has served as HDSP’s acting warden since 2008 and as chief deputy warden since 2006. He also served as the prison’s correctional administrator from 2002 through 2006.

McDonald began his career as a correctional officer at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin in 1980. From 1986 through 1988 he served as a correctional officer at the Richard McGee Correctional Training Center in Galt.

He came to Susanville in 1988 and served as a correctional sergeant at the California Correctional Center until 1990.

He transferred to Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City and served as a correctional lieutenant from 1990 to 1996, correctional captain from 1996 to 1998, correctional business manager from 1998 to 2000 and as facility captain from 2000 to 2002 before returning to Susanville’s High Desert State Prison.