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Release: #16-85
December 16, 2016
Contact: Charlene Cheng
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Appoints
Valarie Bliss as Director of Personnel Services Division

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today the appointment of Valarie Bliss as the new Personnel Services Division Director at the California Department of Education (CDE).

“Valarie has dedicated her professional career to serving the Department of Education and guiding our employees,” Torlakson said. “I am thrilled that she will bring her extensive knowledge of the Department and expertise in state personnel processes to the position.”

Bliss will supervise eight offices that comprise the Personnel Services Division, including Labor Relations, Training, and Facilities Management. Personnel Services oversees more than 2,400 CDE employees statewide.

A CDE veteran, Bliss brings nine years of experience as a Staff Services Manager III in the Personnel Services Division. She has been with CDE for nearly 25 years, working in the Special Education Division, the School Improvement Division, the Curriculum and Instructional Leadership Branch, and the Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Office.

Bliss replaces former Division Director Sharon Taylor, who retired.

A native of Broderick (now West Sacramento), Bliss and her husband of 30 years have four children and eight grandchildren.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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