New York - John Paul Farmer, former White House technology policy adviser, is the City of New York's new chief technology officer. Farmer, who created the Presidential Innovations Fellows program, was previously the director of technology and civic innovation at a multinational technology company since 2014. He will take over on June 3 for interim CTO Alby Bocanegra.
Florida - Janice Gilley has been named as the new county administrator at Escambia County, pending a contract negotiation. Gilley is currently the associate vice president of external affairs at the University of West Florida. She previously served on the Escambia County School District board in 1999 and worked in Tallahassee at the governor's office, Florida House of Representatives and the Republican Party of Florida.
Washington - The Port of Tacoma Commission will welcome Eric Johnson as its new executive director. Johnson comes from the Washington Public Ports Association where he has served in various positions since 1988, most recently as executive director since January 2009. In his new role with the commission, Johnson will foster new business and partnership opportunities not licensed to the Northwest Seaport Alliance.
Colorado - The University of Colorado appointed Mark Kennedy as the university's president. Kennedy joins CU from the University of North Dakota where he serves as president. He will assume the presidency in July from Bruce D. Benson, who is retiring after 11 years as president. Kennedy was previously a U.S. congressman from Minnesota and an executive at an American department store chain and food manufacturer.
Alabama - Tuskegee University recently selected Jami Reynolds as its new CIO. Her career includes positions as chief information officer, chief technology officer and director of information technology at Garrett College; director of the Office of Technology Support for George Mason University's College of Education and Human Development; and IT manager, senior business analyst and business process engineer at North Virginia Community College.
California - The City of Indian Wells announced Chris Freeland as its new city manager May 2. Freeland will take office on May 13 after serving in various positions with the West Covina community, including as city manager since 2015. Freedland succeeds current Indian Wells city manager Wade G. McKinney who is retiring after joining the city in 2013.
Washington - Gov. Jay Inslee named Laura Blackmore as the Puget Sound Partnership's executive director. Blackmore is the deputy director and tribal liaison at the agency where she has been since 2015. Before beginning her tenure with PSP, she worked at Cascadia Consulting Group and owned a consulting firm. She will take over for Sheida Sahandy who is leaving the position.
Rhode Island - Bryant University president Ronald Machtley announced his retirement after serving for 23 years. Machtley will continue in the position until May 2020. As a Navy veteran and former congressman, he accepted the president's office at Bryant when it was still a college.
Illinois - The Illinois Tollway recently selected José Alvarez as the agency's new executive director. Alvarez previously served as chief of staff for the State Superintendent of Education for Washington D.C. Schools, deputy chief of staff for the CEO Chicago Public Schools, and chief operating officer and chief of staff for the Chicago Housing Authority.
Pennsylvania - Geographic Information Officer Henry "Hank" Garie is adding chief data officer to the list of his job titles with the City of Philadelphia. The fifth-largest city in the U.S. is combining the two positions to allow Garie to manage open data portals and GIS applications. Garie replaces previous CDO Tim Wisniewski who stepped down in January.
Michigan - The City of Ferndale named Interim City Manager Joseph Gacioch as its permanent city manager. He came to the city as project manager in 2012 and then advanced to chief innovation officer in 2013. In 2015, he was promoted to assistant city manager. Gacioch succeeds former City Manager April Lynch who left in February 2019 to become the associate vice president for human resources at the University of Detroit Mercy.
Texas - Effective June 30, Phillip Ayala will become the Texas Department of Public Safety's (DPS) newest inspector general. Ayala replaces Rhonda Fleming who is retiring after 35 years of service. The current regional director of the DPS Central Texas Region has held multiple positions within the agency since he began his career there in 1996 as a highway patrol trooper at the state Capitol in Austin.