Fakhoury named CIM warden
Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday announced the appointment of acting warden Aref Fakhoury to the position of full-time warden at the California Institution for Men.
Fakhoury, 56, of Rancho Cucamonga, has been acting warden for the Chino prison since 2009, after serving as chief deputy administrator from 2005 to 2009.
took over as acting head administrator of the local prison when the state called on his predecessor, Mike Poulos, to take on an interim position as head of the state's maximum-security prisons.
"This is a great day," Fakhoury
said on Friday.
"I have worked 29 years to accomplish what I have done.
Knowing that the governor has faith in me, my staff, and CIM
in general, I'm very happy."
family emigrated to the United States from Jordan, Fakhoury
settled in Ontario, where he
completed high school in the Chino Valley Unified School District
in what is now the Adult School
near the district office on Riverside Drive.
He graduated from Chaffey College in 1978.
Dropping plans to go to law school, Fakhoury began his career with the Department of Corrections on a whim, as a challenge with several friends.
first test and decided he
wanted to keep a life-long career in corrections.
Fakhoury began his career as a corrections officer in Norco and rose through the ranks to became a chief deputy warden at CIM in 2005.
Previously, Fakhoury worked for California State Prison-Los Angeles
County as a correctional administrator/associate warden from 2002 to 2005 and a correctional counselor from 1998 to 2002.
Fakhoury also worked at CIM as a correctional counselor and a correctional officer for the California Rehabilitation Center from 1982 to 1986.