Georgia - The Georgia state government hired David Allen, a former chief technology officer for the state's National Guard, as the new statewide chief information officer. Allen, who spent a decade as a deputy chief technology officer and then information technology chief for the National Guard, succeeded former Chief Information Security Officer Stanton S. Gatewood, who resigned in February after three years leading the state's cybersecurity office.
California - Deborah Feng, a longtime administrator at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, has been selected as Cupertino's next city manager. Feng is an associate director of Mission Support at the Ames Research Center. She has worked in management and administration there more than 30 years. If the council decides to hire Feng, her first day as city manager would be June 3. The city has not had a permanent city manager since David Brandt retired in July 2018.
Minnesota - John Glisczinski took over as the next Sibley County administrator after Roxy Traxler left her post last week. Glisczinski was formerly employed as the county's Public Health and Human Services director. Before that he worked for eight years as Scott County's Business Services manager. Traxler is now the vice president of Finance and Operations at South Central College.
Massachusetts - The Martha's Vineyard Airport has a new director after airport commissioners voted this week to offer the job to Cindi Martin, the former head of a regional airport in Montana. Martin is the former director of Glacier Park International Airport, a regional airport located in Kalispell, Mont. She worked there from 2006 until 2016. She will replace airport director Ann Richart, who leaves May 5 to take a job in Nebraska.
Washington D.C. - Scott Turner has been named executive director of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council. The president announced the Council's creation in December. In his role, Turner will help coordinate the Council's efforts to target and streamline federal resources to Opportunity Zones. Turner, a businessman and former National Football League player, served in the Texas House of Representatives from 2013-2017. He represented House District 33 which encompasses all of Rockwall County and portions of Collin County.
Georgia - Savannah City Manager Rob Hernandez has announced he is resigning to take a job in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. as the deputy city manager. Hernandez, who has been on the job for less than three years, will be leaving June 30 for Florida. The next step is appointing an interim city manager and one potential candidate is retired assistant Chatham County manager Pat Monahan. The next city manager is not expected to be hired until after the new city council is sworn in next year following this fall's election.
Illinois - Camille Rodriguez has been recommended to the full board for confirmation as its new county administrator. Rodriguez would replace Bill Wasson, who announced last November he is retiring on June 1, after working for McLean County 34 years and the last eight as its administrator. The county hired Rodriguez to oversee its health department in December 2017. She had worked for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services as director of its Division of Public Health's Bureau of Community Health Promotion.
Idaho - The State Board of Education named C. Scott Green as the University of Idaho's 19th president. Green is currently the chief operating and financial officer of an international law firm. Green will replace Chuck Staben who will step down as president at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year. Staben's contract as president ends on June 15. He will remain on the campus as a biology professor, beginning in January 2020.
Colorado - Mark R. Kennedy, the University of North Dakota's president and a former Minnesota congressman has been chosen as the finalist to become the University of Colorado's (CU) next president by CU's regents. There's a 14-day vetting period before Kennedy is voted for president. Kennedy will take the helm as Bruce Benson, the longest-serving CU president in six decades, retires this summer after a decade leading the four-campus system.
Wisconsin - La Crosse Regional Airport Director Clint Torp has accepted a position at the Des Moines International Airport (DSM) as the Director of Operations. Torp's last day at La Crosse is set for May 2, 2019. The Aviation Board has approved to seek an interim director during the search process until a replacement is named. Torp has served as airport manager, then director, since 2012 and was assistant airport manager for six years before that. Before coming to La Crosse, he was the airport manager in Devil's Lake, N.D.
New York/New Jersey - The Port Authority of New York/New Jersey on has named Sam Ruda, who has served as interim director of the Port Department for the past five months, as the department's new director. Ruda joined the Port Authority in 2017 after a 25-year career in transportation that included 12 years in senior management at the Port of Portland. Ruda will replace Molly Campbell, who came to the agency as port director in 2015 after a nearly 15-year career with the Port of Los Angeles and an experienced leader in the maritime industry. She is leaving to accept a 2019 fellowship with Harvard University's Advanced Leadership Initiative.
Maryland - David Petr is resigning as president and CEO of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation after his term ends this fall. Petr, who has held the position for three years, will be moving to Texas. He joined Montgomery County from a similar role leading the Central Florida Development Council Inc. Montgomery County did away with its in-house economic development department in 2015 and created the office as a public-private partnership. Petr plans to leave in September.