Virginia- Javaune Adams-Gaston has been chosen as the next president for Norfolk State University (NSU). She is currently the Ohio State senior vice president for student life and will remain in that position through mid-June. She has been with Ohio State for 10 years. Adams-Gason will replace Melvin T. Stith Sr. who was brought out of retirement and hired as interim president of NSU after Eddie N. Moore Jr. retired in 2017.
California- James Houpis, dean of academic support and learning technologies at Skyline College in San Bruno, has accepted the offer to become president of Modesto Junior College (MJC). The action is expected to be ratified by the Yosemite Community College District YCCD Board of Trustees at its March 13 meeting. Houpis will replace interim MJC President Steve Collins, whose term ends Feb. 28. Collins stepped in as the interim after Jill Stearns left to become president of Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.
New Jersey- Steve Emanuel, who formerly served as chief information officer (CIO) for the state of New Jersey, is now serving in the same role for the city of Newark. He replaces acting CIO Tawana Johnson, who had been serving in the position since the city's former CIO Seth Wainer stepped down in June after five years of service. Before helming internet technology operations for the Garden State between 2011 and 2016, Emanuel formerly served as CIO for Montgomery County, Md.
Connecticut- Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont named Renée D. Coleman-Mitchell, currently the executive director for Cougar Health Services at Washington State University, to lead the state's public health office. Coleman-Mitchell's nomination will need approval from the General Assembly before she takes office on April 1. She will succeed former Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino. Coleman-Mitchell previously spent several years at DPH in a variety of roles beginning in 1986.
Nevada- Nevada Department of Administration Director Patrick Cates is stepping down to become the new Douglas County manager. Cates was appointed to the position by Gov. Brian Sandoval and Gov. Steve Sisolak reappointed him in January. He previously served as deputy director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife from 2009 until 2015. Cates was offered the job earlier in February after Tom Stone, who was hired in January, resigned from the position after a week on the job. Former Nevada Tax Department Director Deonne Contine has been appointed to lead the state's Department of Administration. Contine was appointed to the Tax Department in 2014 and served in the post until February 2018.
Texas- The city of Seguin has selected Terry Nichols as the new police chief of the Seguin Police Department. Since 2016, Nichols has served as the police chief for the city of Brownwood. Nichols also spent 21 years at the San Marcos Police Department before retiring as commander in 2010. The search for a new police chief began in December following the resignation of former Seguin Police Chief Kevin Kelso in November.
California- Starla Jerome-Robinson has been selected as the city manager for Menlo Park. She has been serving as the interim city manager since November when former City Manager Alex McIntyre left for the same position in Ventura. Prior to becoming interim city manager, Jerome-Robinson worked for Menlo Park as assistant city manager from 2008 to 2015. In 2015, Jerome-Robinson retired from the city. Prior to her last stint in Menlo Park, Jerome-Robinson was the assistant city manager in Los Altos from 1999 to 2008 and finance director for Atherton from 1996 to 1999. Jerome-Robinson's time as Menlo Park's city manager will begin on April 1.
New Mexico- Sandoval County Fire Chief James Maxon is retiring after 26 year, 13 of them with Sandoval County, and taking a job as a fire chief in Colorado. Maxon wants to work in fire service for 50 years, with half in New Mexico and half in another state. Deputy Chief Eric Masterson will serve as interim chief while the county conducts a search for Maxon's permanent replacement.
Wisconsin- Natalie Erdman, director of Madison's Planning, Community and Economic Development Department, is retiring. She was the interim director for five months and then became the director of the department in July 2015. Her last day will be April 26. Erdman replaced Steve Cover, who left the job to take a similar position in Arlington County, Va. Prior to becoming head of the department, Erdman was executive director of Madison's Community Development Authority from 2010 to 2015.
Massachusetts- Massachusetts Emergency Management Director Kurt Schwartz is leaving his post March 1, ending a nearly nine-year tenure. Schwartz will remain with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency through this week, when his successor, Samantha Phillips, is expected to start as the agency's new director. Phillips is the former director of emergency management for the city of Philadelphia and, until October, headed the National Center for Security & Preparedness at the State University of New York at Albany.
South Carolina- After more than 50 years working at the Columbia Housing Authority, Executive Director Gilbert Walker announced his retirement. His last day is June 30. The housing authority will appoint an interim executive director and will begin a nationwide search for a permanent executive director in the coming weeks. Since the 1960s Walker has worked with the Columbia Housing Authority, becoming the interim and later full-time director in 2000.
Wyoming- Major General Luke Reiner has been appointed as director of the Wyoming Department of Transportation. Reiner currently serves as Wyoming adjutant general, heading up the Wyoming Military Department. Prior to that Reiner served as a certified public accountant for accounting firms. He'll retire from the Army on March 31. Reiner replaces Bill Panos, who was the prior director.