New Jersey - Andrew Saporito has been named the executive director of the South Jersey Port Corporation. Saporito most recently served as a senior advisor of special projects in the Port Department at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey where he first started his port career by working in planning and development, auditing, real estate, and leasing. He also worked as a manager in port sales, leasing, and facility operations and management. Saporito also served at the New Jersey Marine Terminals as general manager and assistant director of business development.
Michigan - The city of Linden recently selected Ellen Glass as the new city manager, effective September 3. She takes over for Police Chief Scott Sutter who filled in as interim city manager since September 2018 after Paul Zelenak left the position. Glass previously served as deputy clerk and clerk of the village of Vernon, Michigan.
West Virginia - The City of Morgantown recently hired Jonathan Vrabel as the new director of the Morgantown Municipal Airport. He replaces Mick Galusky who retired earlier this year. Vrabel has worked as a senior vice president and chief operating officer at Capital Region Airport Authority in Lansing, Michigan. He also served with the Cleveland Airport System as deputy commissioner of airport operations, public safety, and security and commissioner of strategic initiatives and security. Before joining Cleveland's system, Vrabel was an airport operations coordinator-manager at Dayton International, station manager for an airline carrier, and airport operations supervisor at Albany International Airport.
Kansas - Gov. Laura Kelly appointed DeAngela Burns-Wallace as the state's chief information technology officer on August 21. Burns-Wallace replaces Lee Allen who served in the position since July 2018. She previously served as the state of Kansas' Department of Administration secretary. Before joining the state, she was the vice provost for undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas and assistant vice provost for undergraduate studies and enrollment management at the University of Missouri. Burns-Wallace also was an assistant dean of undergraduate admission at Stanford University. Before that, she served as an assistant for legislative affairs at the U.S. Department of State and held various positions at U.S. embassies in South Africa and China.
Utah - Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi selected William "Bill" Peperone as the city's first director of development services, effective September 3. Peperone will lead the department, which was established July 1. He previously served as a senior planner and assistant director with time as the principal planner at Salt Lake City's Community and Economic Development Department, the president of a private land development company, and an executive with a homebuilder. Peperone also served as an Orem City Councilmember.
Florida - The City of Delray Beach named Michael Cernech to be its new city manager on August 20. He succeeds former City Manager Mark Lauzier. Cernech previously served as city manager, deputy city manager, and assistant city manager for the city of Tamarac, Florida. Prior to joining Tamarac, he was city manager of Shavano Park, Texas, and held various positions in local government since 1993.