New Hampshire- Safety Commissioner John Barthelmes is retiring after nearly 12 years at the helm of the state agency responsible for state police and a variety of other public safety services. Barthelmes plans to step down when his current term expires at the end of March. He was appointed director of the state police in 1996 and was named commissioner of public safety in 2007. The governor's office plans to appoint a new commissioner by April.
Washington, D.C.- The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has named Clare Martorana as the new chief information officer (CIO). Martorana has been working with the digital services team at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Martorana follows in the footsteps of David Garcia, who was hired in October 2017 after Dave DeVries retired from federal service and moved to Michigan as the state's CIO.
Oregon- The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) has named Samuel Desue Jr. chief operating officer, effective March 18. He will lead the agency's transportation, maintenance, information technology and safety and security divisions. Desue has more than 22 years of public and private transportation experience, including in Washington state. He most recently was deputy chief executive officer for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA).
Georgia- Charles L. Coney has been chosen to fill the position of city manager of the city of Americus. Prior to accepting this post, he served as the city manager of the city of Hampton. Before that Coney was the assistant county manager, and then the interim county manager of Macon-Bibb County Consolidated government. He will take office the last week of February.
Virginia- Jeffrey S. "Jeff" Johnson has been chosen as the new fire chief of Newport News. Johnson currently serves as fire chief for Salinas, Calif. Johnson has over 30 years of experience in emergency medical and fire service. He started his career in 1988 with the Grandview Fire Department as a firefighter and paramedic. From there he moved to Kansas City, then to Salinas.
North Carolina- Reenie Askew, currently the deputy chief information officer (CIO) for Houston, was hired last week as the new CIO for Charlotte, N.C. As Charlotte's new CIO, Askew will oversee the city's information technology department and its "smart city" initiatives. Charlotte has been without a permanent IT leader since last September, when Jeff Stovall, the city's first CIO, resigned after a decade for an executive job with a health-care payment software company. Askew will start her role in Charlotte on March 11.
California- Garrett Evans has been named the new city manager of Pittsburg. Evans, who has served as assistant city manager for nearly eight years, has worked for the city of Pittsburg for 22 years. Evans was the general manager of the Pittsburg Power Company, a city-owned energy company, before he was appointed to assistant city manager in 2011. Evans takes over the city manager position from Joe Sbranti who retired in December.
Alaska- Peter Zuyus is out as Alaska's chief information officer (CIO) after less than two months in the role. Attorney Paula Vrana, who joined the state department on Jan. 2, will be the acting CIO. Zuyus had replaced Bill Vajda who resigned in August after becoming the first Alaska CIO to oversee a centralized IT structure.
Oklahoma- Patti Neuhold will become the University of Central Oklahoma's (UCO) 21st president July 1. Neuhold is UCO's vice president for finance and chief financial officer. She will succeed President Don Betz when he retires June 30 after eight years as UCO president. Neuhold has served in leadership positions at UCO in finance and budget, administrative and professional development departments since joining the university in 2007.
Connecticut- Thomas C. Katsouleas has been named the 16th president of the University of Connecticut (UConn). The school's current leader, Susan Herbst, is stepping down. His term as president begins Aug. 1, 2019. Katsouleas is currently executive vice president and provost of the University of Virginia. Katsouleas has been executive vice president and provost at Virginia since 2015, having been appointed to the position after serving for seven years at Duke University as the dean of the Pratt School of Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering.
North Carolina- Avril Pinder was named the new Buncombe County manager. She will start her new position March 4. Pinder has been New Hanover's deputy county manager since 2015, and prior to that served as assistant county manager and finance director. She is the full-time replacement for Wanda Greene, who retired after 20 years in the job in 2017. Two interim managers replaced Greene following her June 2017 retirement.
Colorado- Vince Niski has been selected as the next police chief of Colorado Springs. Niski has served as Deputy Chief since 2012 and has been with the Colorado Springs Police Department for 30 years. During Niski's time with CSPD, he has worked in the patrol, traffic, metro vice, narcotics and intelligence divisions. Niski will replace Pete Carey who served as police chief from 2011 until 2019 and left the department to serve as El Paso County undersheriff.