California - The city of Huntington Beach selected Oliver Chi as its city manager August 5. He takes over for Dave Kiff who was serving in an interim capacity. Chi previously served as the city manager of Monrovia, California. Prior to that role, he was an assistant city manager for the city of Barstow, California, and held positions with the communities of Rosemead, Claremont, and Arcadia.
Illinois - City of Chicago Mayor Laurie Lightfoot named Maurice Cox as the city's commissioner of planning and development on August 7. Cox most recently was the city of Detroit's director of planning and development. He previously taught at Syracuse University, the University of Virginia, and Harvard University, served as an associate dean at Tulane University, and worked as a design director at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. Cox also served as mayor of the city of Charlottesville, Virginia where he chaired the Housing and Development Authority Commission, Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Mayor's Taskforce on Urban Housing Policy.
Colorado - Gov. Jared Polis appointed Rebecca Mitchell as the Colorado commissioner to the Upper Colorado Water Conservation Board, which also comprises Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico commissioners. She succeeds outgoing commissioner James Eklund. Mitchell, director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, has more than 17 years of experience in the Colorado water sector and contributed to the state's water plan.
Alabama - Josh Laney has been hired as director of the new Alabama Office of Apprenticeship. He most recently led workforce development at the Alabama State Department of Education where he was senior director. Laney holds more than 20 years of education experience in junior high and high schools and as technical director at Phenix City School District.
Oklahoma - The state's Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently named Daniel Nguyen as its project management division manager. Nguyen joined ODOT as a chemical scientist in the materials division. He then became the division construction auditor for Division 4 followed by a promotion to project manager over that division. Most recently, he oversaw the general obligation bond program and project management team at the city of Oklahoma City.
Colorado - The city of Westminster appointed Emily Littlejohn as its new information technology director on August 5. She succeeded Art Rea who was serving as interim director for five months after 20-year IT director David Puntenney retired. Littlejohn joined the city in 2012 as its library supervisor and held positions in the Parks, Recreation, and Libraries Department and Human Resources Department. The published author also worked for the Denver Public Library and served as a college instructor and registrar.