Oklahoma - Gov. Kevin Stitt appointed Col. Lance Frye as the interim Oklahoma commissioner of health on May 22. Frye serves as the interim department chair, residency program director, and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, and state air surgeon for the Oklahoma Air National Guard (OKANG).
Kansas - The Newton City Commission named Kelly McElroy as city manager on May 26. She will succeed Bob Myers who retired in late 2019. McElroy most recently served as interim city manager and was previously Newton's assistant city manager and development director.
Mississippi - Gov. Tate Reeves selected Patrick Sullivan to serve as chairman of the State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB). Sullivan was the executive director of the Governor's Office of Recovery and Renewal under Gov. Haley Barbour, president of the Mississippi Energy Institute, and a SWIB member.
California - The state's Government Operations Agency named Udaya Patnaik as the first director of its Office of Digital Innovation. Patnaik is the co-founder and chief financial officer for a San Mateo-based strategy and innovation consulting firm. He previously served as rural development specialist at the Rural Community Assistance Corporation.
Michigan - The MBS Airport Commission, which oversees the airport that serves Midland, Bay City, and Saginaw, named James Canders as airport manager at its May meeting. He will succeed Jeff Nagel. Canders has been serving as the airport's assistant manager. He previously served as assistant airport director at Bangor International Airport in Maine.
New Mexico - The Sandoval County Commission appointed Wayne Johnson as county manager, effective July 1. Johnson is the current Torrance County manager and former New Mexico state auditor. He previously served as a Bernalillo County commissioner to and vice-chairman of the ABQ Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority.