Minnesota- The city of Victoria has hired Dana Hardie as city manager. The city has been without a full-time city manager since Dec. 22, 2017, when Laurie Hokkanen resigned. Since then, Doug Reeder has served as interim city manager. Hardie officially starts on March 4. Hardie comes to Victoria from the city of Burnsville, where she most recently served as director of administrative services and interim city manager.
California- Simi Valley City Manager Eric Levitt is leaving after nearly six years to become the new city manager of Alameda. Levitt, who has been Simi Valley city manager since May 2013, is expected to succeed former Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach effective April 12. Before taking the job in Simi Valley, Levitt was previously serving as city manager of Janesville, Wis., for more than four years.
Texas- The Southside First Economic Development Council has appointed Judith Canales as its executive director. Canales, who succeeds Andrew Anguiano, has held the job of acting associate administrator for the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Business and Cooperative Service in Washington, D.C. She has served as a legislative representative for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and an executive director of the Maverick County Development Corp. in Eagle Pass.
Oklahoma- The Oklahoma Transportation Commission named Tim Gatz as the next executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT). Gatz, who is also executive director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, will succeed ODOT Executive Director Mike Patterson on April 1, the day Patterson's retirement from the agency goes into effect. Gatz previously served as the ODOT deputy director.
California- Chris Cruz, a longtime information technology (IT) leader in California state government, is resigning from his position as deputy chief information officer (CIO) and chief deputy director of the California Department of Technology (CDT). Cruz is taking the position of CIO and IT director for San Joaquin County. He'll leave the state at the end of March. Before his appointment to his current CDT position in June 2015, Cruz held top IT leadership positions with the state Department of Public Health, the Department of Food and Agriculture and the Department of Health Care Services. New York- Queens College President Félix Matos Rodríguez is set to become the next chancellor of the City University of New York (CUNY), bringing to a close a search process that began after former chancellor James B. Milliken announced in November 2017 plans to step down. Rodriguez will begin his new post May 1. He has led Queens College since 2014 and before that was president of CUNY's Eugenio María de Hostos Community College.
California- Lisa Plowman was appointed Santa Barbara County's next Planning and Development Department director. Plowman has more than 19 years of experience assisting private and nonprofit developers with land use entitlement and planning processes and previously worked for the Planning and Development Department. She will assume the job from Dianne Black, who has served as interim planning director since March 2018 following the retirement of Glenn Russell. Tennessee- Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority (WWTA) Executive Director Mark Harrison has stepped down from his position. Harrison first served as the WWTA's chief engineer for about two years and, most recently, served as executive director for more than two and a half years. WWTA's chief engineer, Mike Patrick, has been named in the interim as acting executive director as the authority seeks a replacement for Harrison. Patrick came to WWTA last year. Prior to that, he worked as director of Chattanooga's Waste Resources Division, where he was responsible for the overall operation of the city's Regional Wastewater Collection and Treatment system.
Illinois- State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia was appointed director of the state's Veterans Affairs department. The former Army officer was named in place of Army Lt. Col. Jaime Martinez. Chapa LaVia joined the House of Representatives in 2003. Since 2009 she has been House Veterans Affairs Committee chairwoman. LaVia's appointment must be confirmed by the Senate.
Washington, D.C.- Brock Long is stepping down after two years serving as director at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Peter Gaynor will serve as acting FEMA administrator in his place. Prior to his work on the national level, Long from 2008-11, served as the Alabama's Emergency Management Agency director. President Donald Trump will nominate Jeffrey Byard as the new FEMA administrator. Byard currently serves as an associate administrator at the agency, overseeing disaster response, recovery, logistics and field operations.
Oklahoma- James Wagner will serve as the chief financial officer for the city of Tulsa and oversee the finance department, effective immediately. Wagner currently leads the Office of Performance Strategy and Innovation for the city of Tulsa. Wagner fills a vacancy left by the passing of longtime City Finance Director Mike Kier in December. Prior to his role with the city of Tulsa, Wagner worked for the Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG) as a principal planner and was responsible for multi-million-dollar grants and programs.
Texas- Austin police Assistant Chief Ely Reyes has been named the new chief of the Cedar Hill Police Department. Reyes is heading to Cedar Hill after more than 20 years with Austin's police force. Reyes worked for Austin police in patrol, internal affairs, training, highway enforcement, public information, executive protection, special investigations and the homicide unit, among others. He will begin working in Cedar Hill on April 1.