Washington, D.C.- Andrew Wheeler has been chosen to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Wheeler was confirmed as deputy administrator last April and became acting chief in July after then former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned. He worked at the EPA early in his career and was a top aide at the Senate Environment Committee before becoming a lobbyist a decade ago.
Ohio- Christina Muryn was selected to serve as the mayor of Findlay. She will serve the remainder of former Mayor Lydia Mihalik's term, which runs through the end of 2019. Mihalik was appointed by Gov. Mike DeWine to serve as the director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. Muryn is the director of business and physician development for a pain management services firm.
Kentucky- Robert. L. "Bob" Jackson was voted in as the new president of Murray State University. Jackson was voted in as interim president in August of 2018 after Murray State University officials announced president Bob Davies resigned effective Sept. 1. Jackson served Murray State in several other areas over the last decade, including as co-chair of the University's 2015-22 Strategic Plan, and assumed the role of president of the Murray State University Foundation in 2013. Georgia- Leslie Manahan has been appointed police chief of the Valdosta Police Department. Effective March 1, Manahan became the police chief and replaces former police chief Brian Childress. She has been the interim chief since Childress stepped down Sept. 1, 2018. In 2013, Manahan was appointed commander of the Investigations Bureau. Manahan has nearly 22 years of law-enforcement experience, all of which has been spent in Valdosta.
Pennsylvania- Roger Davis has been named the next president of the Community College of Beaver County. He came to the college as executive vice president and provost on July 18, 2016. The appointment is effective immediately. Davis has held the position on an interim basis since May. Davis succeeds Chris Reber, who left last year to become president of Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, N.J.
Connecticut- Erin Wilson, Torrington's economic development director, is leaving for a similar position in Hartford. Wilson starts her new position March 11. Her last day in Torrington is March 7. Prior to working in Torrington, she was the assistant town planner in Windsor. Wilson also previously worked for the town of Ellington and in a private sector position for a planning and engineering consulting firm based in Cheshire.
Illinois- Rocky Donahue, who has been acting as interim executive director of Pace Suburban Bus since December 2018, assumed the role permanently on March 1. Thomas "T.J." Ross, who had served as head of the Pace suburban bus agency for 20 years, retired at the end of November. Donahue formerly served as the Pace deputy executive director before taking on the role as interim executive director.
Florida- Judge Nicole P. Menz took the oath of office as the new Indian River County judge. Retired County Judge Joe Wild administered the oath of office to his successor. Menz was elected to the bench in November. After spending nearly nine years as assistant state attorney in Vero Beach, Menz entered private practice law. She practiced in the areas of family law, dependency, adoption and criminal defense.
Ohio- Ferzan M. Ahmed has been appointed as the new executive director for the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commision. He succeeded Randy Cole, who departed the turnpike in January to become executive vice president for a blockchain startup after serving as the toll road's executive director since December 2014. Ahmed previously served as the Ohio Department of Transportation's deputy director for its District 6 in central Ohio from 2011 until 2016.
Washington State- Sam Gibboney was selected in January as the new executive director for the Port of Olympia. The former director, Ed Galligan, resigned in spring 2018 after a dozen years at the helm. Gibboney comes to the port from the Port of Port Townsend where she was executive director for two and a half years. Before that she worked for San Juan County in a variety of roles, including as its director of community development. Her first day on the job was Jan. 18. Florida- Tracy Upchurch, a current Flagler College professor and former mayor of St. Augustine, has been named the mayor of St. Augustine for a second time. He served as the mayor of the city of St. Augustine from 1990-1992. Commissioners unanimously chose him to replace Nancy Shaver out of a list of roughly 20 candidates. Shaver resigned on Feb. 28 due to health issues. Upchurch is expected to be sworn in this week. He'll complete Shaver's term of office, which ends on Dec. 7, 2020.
Oregon- Dan Crutchfield, the battalion chief of the Coos Bay Fire Department, will take over the job on March 15. Interim Fire Chief Richard Curtis has led the department since September following the retirement of former Fire Chief Ted Ames. Crutchfield began his firefighting career as a volunteer and has spent almost 26 years with the Coos Bay Fire Department.