South Carolina - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) named Joan Duwve as the agency's director of public health on April 17. She succeeds acting director of public health Nicholas Davidson. Prior to joining DHEC, Duwve served as the associate dean of practice for the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health in Indianapolis and developed and directed the ECHO Center. She also served as the chief medical officer with the Indiana State Department of Health and the medical director for the department's Division of Public Health and Preparedness.
Iowa - The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Black Hawk County (MET) selected David Sturch as its new general manager. He will succeed Mark Little who will retire at the end of April. Sturch previously served as a planner at the cities of Cedar Falls and Waterloo. He also served as the Cedar Falls representative to the MET board.
Massachusetts - Lowell City Manager Eileen Donoghue appointed Joanne Belanger as the city's director of health and human services. She took over for JoAnn Keegan who filled the position on an interim basis after the resignation of Kerran Vigroux. Belanger previously served as the town of Andover's assistant health director and public health nurse.
Kansas - The Finney County Board of County Commissioners appointed Robert Reece as the full-time county administrator. Reece had been serving as interim county administrator since January 20. He previously served as county administrator and director of finance for Pottawatomie County in eastern Kansas.
South Dakota - The South Dakota Legislature's Executive Board voted April 20 to officially hire Reed Holwegner as the new director for the South Dakota Legislative Research Council, effective May 4. He succeeds Jason Hancock who accepted a new post as Idaho deputy secretary of state. Holwegner is currently serving as a principal research analyst with the Kansas Legislative Research Department. He previously worked for the South Dakota Legislative Research Council's fiscal office for nearly six years.
Michigan - Royal Oak City Commission selected Paul Brake to serve as their new city manager, effective May 21. Brake is joining Royal Oak from Morgantown, West Virginia, where he served as city manager. He will succeed former Royal Oak City Manager Don Johnson who retired in June 2019. Brake previously served as director of state operations for a Lansing, Michigan firm and city manager for the city of Grand Blanc, Michigan.