Copperopolis resident named warden of Valley State Prison


Copperopolis, Calif. – A longtime Sierra Conservation Center official has been named warden of Valley State Prison in Chowchilla.

Governor Gavin Newsom announces the appointment of Landon Bird, 53, to the post. Bird was at the Sierra Conservation Center from 1999 to 2020, serving in various roles including Associate Director, Correctional Captain, Correctional Counselor II Officer, and Correctional Officer.

He also served at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy from 2020 to 2021, serving as Deputy Principal and Acting Principal.

The governor’s office notes that Bird is registered with no party preference. The position does not require Senate confirmation and pays $175,332.


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