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Wendi Peters appointed Maryland Special Secretary of Smart Growth, Governor's Office

Sept. 26, 2017: Wendi Peters was appointed as the Maryland Special Secretary of Smart Growth by Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Peters was most recently Maryland’s Acting Planning Secretary, a pos she held from July 6, 2016, to Sept. 22, 2017. She was Maryland's Deputy Secretary of Planning from March 12, 2015, to July 6, 2016. Peters will remain a member of Hogan’s Cabinet, and she will report directly to Hogan in her new position. Robert S. McCord, who is an Assistant Secretary at the Maryland Department of Planning, has been appointed as the department’s Acting Secretary. Peters will be paid $137,749 per year in her new post. That is the same salary that she once received as the Acting Planning Secretary. Peters was also previously a Mt. Airy, Md., Town Councilman from 2004 to 2012.

Erin Cox nominated as U.S. Attorney for Texas Northern District

Sept. 26, 2017: Erin N. Cox was nominated as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Cox, of Texas, is currently a senior adviser at McKinsey and Co. at the cybersecurity and risk division. Cox is also on the board of directors of Sally Beauty Holdings, a retail company. From 1999 to 2008, Cox was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, where she prosecuted cyber crimes, white collar crime and general crimes. In 2004 and 2005, Cox worked as the Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General at the Office of Legal Policy. Cox also previously worked at Stroz Friedberg, a cybersecurity and investigations consulting company. Cox received her law degree from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

Duana Kees nominated as U.S. Attorney for Arkansas Western District

Sept. 26, 2017: Duana A. Kees was nominated as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Kees, of Arkansas, is currently an ethics and compliance director at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., where he focuses on corporate investigations. Kees previously worked for the U.S. Army JAG Corps for eight years. Kees is currently a Major at the Arkansas National Guard. Kees was also previously a partner at the Asa Hutchinson Law Group, LLC. Kees received his law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Renee Foose appointed Maryland Education Department Assistant Superintendent, Division of Assessment, Accountability, Information Technology

Sept. 26, 2017: Renee Foose has been appointed as an Assistant Superintendent at the Office of the Deputy for Teaching and Learning at the Division of Assessment, Accountability and Information Technology at the Maryland State Department of Education. State Board of Education Members voted to approve Foose’s appointment on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, said Education Department Spokesman Bill Reinhard. Foose retired as the Superintendent of the Howard County, Md., Public Schools System in May, 2017, after parents and state and local legislators called for her resignation. She faced criticism about her management style, which observers said lacked transparency. The Howard County School Board agreed to pay $1.65 million in salary and benefits in exchange for her retirement three years before her contract with the school system was set to expire, according to the Baltimore Sun. As part of the agreement, Foose withdrew a lawsuit accusing the board of undermining her authority as Superintendent. Foose's annual salary in her new state government position is set to range between $92,333 and $123,236, according to State School Board documents. She is scheduled to report directly to the Deputy State Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, and she will be responsible for directing and overseeing the state's student assessment and school accountability programs.

John Riley appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer, Delaware Prosperity Partnership

Sept. 26, 2017: John Riley was appointed as the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership, a newly-created government-private sector partnership that has been formed to oversee Delaware’s economic development programs, on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. In his new post, Riley is charged with starting operations, developing a strategic plan for the agency, and conducting a search for a permanent, full-time chief executive officer. Riley was the Director of Business Development for former Gov. Thomas R. Carper. He retired from Ashland, where he was the director of government relations. He was previously the director of public affairs for Hercules Incorporated. Riley has continued to be active in economic development. He assisted former Gov. Jack Markell’s administration with Delaware’s strategy in responding to the DuPont-Dow merger.

Matthew Krueger nominated as U.S. Attorney, Wisconsin Eastern District

Sept. 26, 2017: Matthew D. Krueger was nominated as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Krueger, of Wisconsin, is currently an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and she has worked at that office since 2013. Krueger previously worked as an associate at Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, D.C. Krueger received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Danielle Campbell appointed Program Assistant to Virginia Public Safety and Homeland Security Secretary

Sept. 26, 2017: Danielle Campbell was appointed as a Program Assistant to the Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security by Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Campbell was most recently a 2017 Governor’s Fellow at the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry. Campbell recently graduated from Norfolk State University with a bachelor of arts degree in political science.