California - Sutter County commissioners approved Steve Smith as permanent county administrator on August 27. He has served in an interim capacity since February when former county administrator Scott Mitnick resigned. Smith previously was assistant and deputy county administrator at Sutter County. Prior to those positions, he worked for Contra Costa County as assistant director of nutritional services and administrative services officer.
Virginia - The city of Radford named Kimberly Repass as its new economic development director August 26. She succeeds former director Blair Hoke who left to accept a position with the Salem Red Sox in March. Repass previously served as senior vice president and director of meetings and education for a private communications firm in the Washington, D.C area.
Michigan - The Bishop Airport Authority Board of Directors selected Nino Sapone to serve as the airport's interim director. He has served as deputy director since March and assumed director's duties in July when former airport director Craig Williams resigned. Before joining Bishop Aiport, Sapone was the vice president of airfield operations at Pittsburgh International Airport.
Florida - Councilmembers in the city of Opa-locka appointed John Pate to be their city manager, effective October 15. He takes over for acting city manager Newall Daughtrey who had served in the position since April 2018. Pate is the current village manager and director of public safety for the village of University Park, Illinois. He previously served as a police inspector and deputy director at the Cook County Sheriff's Department in Chicago, a special agent at a railroad company, and a federal investigator with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He also worked as a police lieutenant at Phoenix, Illinois.
Oklahoma - Officials at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) named Chelley Hilmes as director of finance and administration on August 27. She previously worked at ODOT as the finance manager in the comptroller division and then was promoted to comptroller.
Wisconsin - University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announced Sheryl Van Gruensven as interim chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UW-Green Bay) on August 29. She will take over for Gary Miller who will leave his position as chancellor on October 1 to become the next president of the University of Akron. Van Gruensven is currently the UW-Green Bay vice chancellor for business and finance. She previously served as the university's director of human resources.