Vermont- The University of Vermont has named Suresh Garimella, an executive vice president at Purdue University in Indiana, as the sole finalist in its presidential search. Garimella is the executive vice president for research and partnerships at Purdue and is also a professor of mechanical engineering. The university's current president, Tom Sullivan, announced in August that he would be stepping aside as president and joining the faculty after the current academic year. Sullivan has been the university's president since 2012.
California- Shawnna Maltbie has been named Daly City's city manager. Maltbie has served as interim city manager since July after Pat Martel announced she was retiring as city manager. Maltbie has over 20 years of experience in local government and nearly 14 years working in Daly City. She was hired in 2005 as assistant director of human resources and was promoted in 2007 to director of human resources.
Washington State- Ronald Buchanan, a former IT official with the Oregon Health Authority, was named Washington's new chief information security officer (CISO) in January. Buchanan brings more than 20 years of global information security experience to WaTech. Buchanan was the chief information risk officer and IT director, for the Information Security and Privacy Office, for the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services. As state CISO, Ron will oversee the state Office of CyberSecurity. He takes over for Scott Bream, who has served as the acting state CISO since July 2018.
North Carolina- Rockingham County has tapped Leigh Cockram to lead economic development efforts. Cockram has been chosen as the director of economic development, small business and tourism. Jan Critz-Yokeley resigned from the post in November and her final day was Dec. 31. Cockram, who began her new position Feb. 5, previously served as director of research and business development for the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Virginia.
Illinois- Nick Gailius has been hired as the Madison police chief. Gailius retired in July from the Fairview Heights Police Department. He was sworn-in on Friday and started the job on Monday. The previous chief, Christopher Burns, left for a job earlier this year with the Illinois Commerce Commission.
Maryland- Lynda Eisenberg has officially been named director of the Carroll County Department of Planning. Eisenberg had been acting planning director since 2017 and began her work with the county as bureau chief of comprehensive planning in 2013. She has more than 20 years of experience as a planning professional, an extensive background in Maryland planning and land-use programs, as well as federal and intergovernmental planning issues.
Nevada- Kristina Swallow will be the new director of the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT). Swallow has nearly 25 years of experience working in the civil engineering industry and government. Most recently, Swallow worked for the city of Las Vegas as a program manager in the Department of Public Works, City Engineer Division. She will replace NDOT Director Rudy Malfabon, who was tapped for the post in 2012.
Virginia- After 40 years with Norfolk Fire-Rescue, the last 10 years as chief of the nearly 1,000-person department, Jeffrey Wise has retired. Deputy Chief Michael Brooks will helm the department temporarily, until a permanent decision is made. Wise started as the acting chief in November 2008 after Fire Chief Edward Senter left for a job in Chesterfield County.
California- June (Yujun) Du was selected at the end of last year as the new finance director and city treasurer for the city of Willits. Du has worked in banking and local government in Washington D.C., Tennessee, West Virginia and most recently in the Bay Area of California. When the previous city finance director left in September 2017, an interim finance director from Santa Rosa, Celia Peterson, was contracted on a part-time basis. Du took over on a full-time basis in December.
Florida- The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority's (HART) board has appointed Benjamin Limmer chief executive officer. Most recently the assistant general manager for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Limmer succeeds Jeff Seward, who's served as interim CEO for more than a year since former leader Katharine Eagan left HART to lead the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Prior to joining MARTA, Limmer held various transit leadership positions at the Atlanta BeltLine Inc. in Atlanta, Valley Metro in Phoenix and Regional Transit Authority in Cleveland. He has more than 15 years of transit experience.
Ohio- The Board of Butler County Commissioners hired Judi Boyko as the next county administrator. Boyko will start in the new role on March 6. Boyko was West Chester's township administrator from 2005 to 2017, when she left to join Hamilton County as an assistant county administrator. She replaces Charlie Young who retired from the position. Washington, D.C.- Christine Calvosa has been appointed as the official chief information officer (CIO) for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Calvosa has served as acting CIO for over a year. She joined the FCC in 2014 from the Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, where she worked as the chief technology officer. Calvosa's appointment comes after Congress expanded the responsibilities of the FCC's CIO in 2018.