Deukmejian Names Zeltner to Advisory Job

Former Assemblyman Paul E. Zeltner (R-Lakewood) has been named an adviser to Gov. George Deukmejian on law enforcement issues and legislation.

Zeltner, 63, will be paid $64,404 a year as the law enforcement and public safety liaison for the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency.

Since he lost his 54th Assembly District seat last November, Zeltner, a former Los Angeles County sheriff’s captain, has been seeking an appointment from Deukmejian, a political ally.

Tom Beermann, the governor’s assistant press secretary, said on Tuesday that Zeltner will serve as Deukmejian’s “eyes and ears” in dealing with various law enforcement agencies statewide. Beermann said Zeltner will help the Deukmejian Administration establish policy on law enforcement issues and anti-crime legislation.


Zeltner served in the Sheriff’s Department between 1947 and 1974. He was elected in 1977 to the Lakewood City Council and served until 1986, when he won his Assembly seat. In the Assembly election, Zeltner defeated Democrat Edward K. Waters in the heavily Democratic 54th District. But last fall, Zeltner lost his reelection bid to Willard H. Murray (D-Paramount).

Zeltner succeeds Albert E. LeBas of Cameron Park, who retired.