Virginia - Valerie Boykin has been appointed as the new director of Juvenile Justice. Boykin, who is currently the deputy director, first joined the agency in 1980 as a probation officer. The Department of Juvenile Justice Director Andrew Block is stepping down this month after five years leading the agency. The department overseas juvenile probation offices and operates the state-operated Juvenile Correctional Center in Chesterfield County.
Louisiana - Darryll Simpson has been chosen to take over the New Orleans' public transit system. Simpson replaced Justin Augustine III on March 18 as the Regional Transit Authority's (RTA) general manager and the local chief of Transdev, the multinational private company that runs the RTA's operations. Augustine has been promoted to Transdev's senior vice president of infrastructure and supply chain. Simpson formerly managed only the privately-run streetcar portion of a public transit system in Milwaukee.
New Mexico - The governing board of Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) has chosen to hire Clovis Community College President Becky Rowley to fill the local school's top job. Rowley, who has been president of the community college since 2011, also has been the chairwoman of New Mexico Independent Community Colleges, a network of 10 schools including SFCC, since 2015. Rowley will replace SFCC interim President Cecilia Cervantes in June. Cervantes has been in the position since November 2017. Rowley plans to begin her new position on July 1.
West Virginia - Valarie Means last week was nominated as the next city manager in Fairmont. Means previously served as city administrator with the city of Hagerstown, Md. from 2015 to January 2019. Prior to that role, she spent four years as the city manager of Weirton. Her official hiring will depend on the results of still-pending testing and contract negotiations. After almost three years of serving as Fairmont's city manager, Robin Gomez announced his resignation in November. He had accepted a similar position in Clarkston, Ga.
North Carolina - Timothy M. Salmon has been chosen as the new city manager for the city of Goldsboro. Salmon replaces Scott Stevens, who retired in September. Salmon's start date is May 1. Salmon is a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel and has more than 30 years of leadership and management experience.
Colorado - Torre has been chosen as the new mayor of Aspen. According to Torre, he was born with the name Ronald Wayne Maranian III, but was renamed Torre a week later. This was the sixth attempt for the tennis instructor and local television host to win the mayor's seat since 2001. Torre succeeds Mayor Steve Skadron, who has been elected to three two-year terms and must step down due to term limits. Torre will be sworn in on June 10.
Washington D.C. - Linda McMahon is stepping down as head of the Small Business Administration to chair the pro-Trump super political action committee, America First Action. McMahon's last day at the Small Business Administration is April 12. She plans to return to the private sector. McMahon is an original member of Trump's Cabinet, having been confirmed for the job in February 2017. McMahon is expected to fill the vacancy created when Tommy Hicks Jr. left the super PAC to become Republican National Committee co-chairman.
North Carolina - Dan J. LaMontagne has been selected as the Chatham County manager. He has been serving as interim county manager since Oct. 1, after three years in the assistant county manager role. A certified professional engineer, LaMontagne began working for Chatham County in June 2010 as director of Waste Management. In December 2015 he became the assistant county manager.
Colorado - Joyce McConnell was recently named as the finalist to become the 15th president of Colorado State University (CSU). McConnel currently serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia University (WVU), a role she has held since July 2014. McConnell's track record also includes tenure as dean of the College of Law at WVU. CSU's next president will assume leadership on July 1 when current President Tony Frank begins serving exclusively as chancellor of the CSU System. Frank is in his 11th year as CSU president and will have served five years in the dual role of both president and chancellor.
Arkansas - Jake Bleed has been appointed to serve as the state budget director in the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA). Prior to his appointment, Bleed served as director of Fiscal and Agency Operations in the governor's office since July 2017. He previously served as the DFA's communications administrator. Bleed will be replacing Duncan Baird, who is assuming the role of executive director for the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System (APERS). Bleed assumed his role on April 1.
Washington, D.C. - The Department of State has chosen Stuart McGuigan as its first permanent chief information officer (CIO) in over a year. McGuigan walks into the CIO and head of Bureau of Information Resource Management role that's been filled, on an acting basis, by Karen Mummaw. Mummaw, who was previously the agency's deputy CIO, stepped up to the job after Frontis Wiggins retired from the agency in December 2017. In February, Mummaw announced her plans to retire from the agency as well. McGuigan comes to state from the private sector.
Illinois - Lori Lightfoot, a former prosecutor, has been chosen as the new mayor of Chicago. Lightfoot was an assistant U.S. attorney before she entered private practice. She will succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who did not seek re-election. Emanuel, who has been mayor since 2011, announced in September that he would not seek a third term. Lightfoot will be sworn in next month.