Maryland - Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Diane Croghan to serve as deputy chief of staff in the Office of the Governor for labor, housing, education, human services, and health matters, effective July 31. She takes over for Tiffany Robinson whom Hogan recently appointed as the state's secretary of labor. Croghan currently serves as chief of staff at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Before joining the administration, she served as County Executive Steven Schuh's chief of staff at Anne Arundel County. She also had held positions in the House of Delegates and Senate of the Maryland General Assembly.
Virginia - The Crater Planning District Commission recently hired Ron Svejkovsky as its new director of transportation planning. He replaces David Hyder who accepted a position with an engineering firm in Raleigh, North Carolina. Svejkovsky will oversee management of the Tri-Cities Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and will work with Virginia's transportation departments. He previously served as a district planning manager and transportation planner for the Virginia Department of Transportation and as a MPO planner for the Greenville Urban Area MPO and city of Greenville, North Carolina. He also was an adjunct instructor in the Department of Urban Planning at East Carolina University.
North Carolina - Northampton County appointed Charles Jackson as its new county manager on July 15. He takes over for interim County Manager Bob Murphy who filled the position after former County Manager Kimberly Turner resigned in February. Jackson previously served as a council budget analyst at the city of Richmond, Virginia, and budget analyst with the city of Raleigh, North Carolina. He also was a senior policy analyst with the North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance.
Alabama - Dothan Regional Airport has named Adam Hartzog as its new airport director. He succeeds long-time airport director Art Morris who will remain as an airport adviser and special projects coordinator. Hartzog has served as Dothan's deputy director since November 2014. Before joining the airport, Hartzog was an aviation planner for a private company in Montgomery, Alabama, and a customer service representative at Auburn University Regional Airport.
Virginia - Krystal Onaitis was recently appointed as the new city manager for the city of Covington, Virginia. She replaces interim City Manager Clay Goodman who held the position after former City Manager Richard Douglas resigned in February. Onaitis previously served in various positions for the city of Richmond, Virginia, as a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) program manager, a management analyst, an administrative project analyst, and executive assistant to the mayor. She will begin her new role on August 1.
California - Laguna Niguel councilmembers named Tamara Letourneau as their new city manager on July 16. She takes over for interim city manager Bob Hall who filled the position after former City Manager Kristine Ridge accepted the city manager position at Santa Ana, California. Letourneau is currently the assistant city manager of Costa Mesa, California. She previously served in several positions in California as city manager of Yorba Linda and Sierra Madre and as assistant to the city manager in Claremont. She is an adjunct professor at her alma mater, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona as well as at the University of La Verne. Letourneau is scheduled to start for Laguna Niguel on Aug. 12.