Washington - Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Judge Helen Whitener to the Washington State Supreme Court on April 13. She replaces Justice Charles Wiggins, who retired from the bench in March. Whitner most recently served as a judge for the Pierce County Superior Court. Prior to that, she was a judge on the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals.
Florida - The Jacksonville Transportation Authority selected Bonnie Todd as chief operations officer and senior vice president. Todd previously served as executive director of operations at Sound Transit in Seattle and chief of safety and security at Miami-Dade Transit.
California - Long Beach City Council unanimously approved Tom Modica as its new city manager on April 14. He was appointed acting city manager in September 2019 following the departure of City Manager Patrick West. Modica previously served as Long Beach's assistant city manager, director of government affairs, and acting director of development services among other leadership positions with the city.
New York - The State University of New York (SUNY) named Maurie McInnis as president of Stony Brook University, effective July 1. She will take over for interim President Dr. Michael Bernstein who filled the position after Dr. Samuel Stanley stepped down in August 2019. McInnis previously served as executive vice president and provost at The University of Texas at Austin and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Virginia.
Wisconsin - The Marathon County Board appointed Lance Leonhard as county administrator on April 10. Leonhard has served as interim county administrator since January. Previously, he was the county's deputy administrator and deputy corporation counsel. Prior to joining county administration, he was an assistant district attorney in Marathon County.
Texas - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appointed Brint Ryan as the chair of a new business task force on April 7. Ryan currently is the chair of the Advisory Board on Tax Policy that reports to the lieutenant governor. He also serves on the board of regents of the University of North Texas System.