Iowa - Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed Kelly Garcia to serve as interim director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, effective July 31. She will succeed Gerd Clabaugh who is retiring. Garcia will continue to serve as the state's director of Department of Human Services. Before moving to Iowa, she served in a series of executive positions at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, including as a deputy executive commissioner.
Alabama - The Birmingham Airport Authority selected Ingrid Hairston as vice president of properties and business development on July 1. Hairston recently served as the director of business initiatives and director of business development at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina.
Idaho - The Idaho Transportation Department selected Dan McElhinney as its new chief operations officer, effective August 10. McElhinney currently serves as the District 10 director for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in Stockton. Prior to that, he was the San Francisco Bay Area chief deputy district director.
Ohio - Central State University welcomed Dr. Jack Thomas as its new president on July 1. Thomas succeeds Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond who resigned to accept a position as president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Thomas most recently served as a senior fellow with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Prior to that, he was president of Western Illinois University.
Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto appointed Andrew Dash as director of the Department of City Planning on June 29. Dash has been serving as acting director of the department since June. Before that, he was the department's assistant director and senior planner.
Georgia - The city of Hogansville named Jonathan Lynn as city manager on June 29. He will take over for Interim City Manager Lisa Kelly. Lynn most recently served as county administrator in Surry County, Virginia. Prior to that, he was town manager for Tyrone, Georgia.