Oregon - Trustees at Oregon State University voted unanimously on December 13 to appoint F. King Alexander as the next president of Oregon State University, effective July 1, 2020. He will succeed Ed Ray who is set to step down June 30 to teach economics. King is currently the president and chancellor of Louisiana State University.
New Mexico - Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed Maggie Hart Stebbins as the New Mexico natural resources trustee. The Office of Natural Resources Trustee is a state agency attached to the Environment Department. Stebbins is currently the full-time chair of the Bernalillo County Commission. She previously worked at the Mid-Region Council of Governments. She will take over for acting Natural Resources Trustee James Kenney.
New York - The city of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Jessica Tisch as the commission of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications on December 5. She previously served as deputy commissioner of information technology for the New York Police Department.
Maryland - Gov. Larry Hogan announced the appointment of Gregory Slater as the secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation. Slater's appointment is subject to Maryland Senate confirmation. He currently serves as administrator of the State Highway Administration. If confirmed, he will succeed Pete Rahn who stepped down to move back to his native New Mexico.
West Virginia - The city of Huntington Mayor Steve Williams named Hank Dial as the new city manager. Dial succeeds former City Manager Cathy Burns who accepted a position as executive director of the Huntington Municipal Development Authority. Dial is currently Huntington's police chief.
Kentucky - Mayor Greg Fischer announced Amy Hess as the city of Louisville's new chief of public services, effective February 1, 2020. In her new role, Hess will oversee public works, emergency services, corrections, fleet and facilities, and animal services departments. She currently serves as executive assistant director of the FBI's Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. She previously served as special agent in charge of the FBI's field office in Louisville.