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Michael Berry appointed as Delaware Adjutant General

October 17, 2018: Michael Berry has been appointed as the Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard by Gov. John Carney, Carney announced on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Berry succeeds current Adjutant General Carol Timmons, who has announced that she plans to retire in March, 2019, when she is scheduled to complete forty-two years in the military. Berry is a combat veteran, with thirty years in the military. He is currently the Director of the Delaware National Guard’s Joint Staff. Before that, he was the Delaware Army National Guard’s Land Component Commander. Berry has held positions at the Brigade, Battalion and Company level, and in 2010, he was the commander of the Delaware Army National Guard Embedded Training Team and lead a deployment to Bamyan, Afghanistan. Berry was a Lieutenant, and he recently retired after twenty-eight years with the Delaware State Police as Deputy Troop Commander, Delaware State Police Troop 4 in Georgetown. Berry received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Delaware, where he received his commission through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, and he received a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. Timmons has been the Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard since February, 2017, and she is scheduled to retire after a combined forty-two years of military work in the Delaware Army National Guard, the Air Force Reserve, and the Delaware Air National Guard.

Michael Heimall appointed Director, Washington, D.C., Medical Center, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

October 17, 2018: Michael Heimall has been appointed as the Director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Washington, D.C., Medical Center, effective on Sunday, October 14, 2018. In his new position, Heimall oversees the delivery of health care to more than 121,050 veterans, and he oversees an operating budget of $610 million. Heimall was previously the Director of the Walter Reed National Military Center in Maryland. A retired U.S. Army officer with thirty years of progressive experience in hospital and health system leadership, Heimall has seven years of experience as the chief executive officer in an academic medical center with graduate medical education programs and large research portfolios. From 2015 to 2017, he was the Director at Walter Reed, where he led a 240-bed facility that employs about 7,000 people. Heimall also has an extensive background in health plan development, health professions education and clinical research oversight. Heimall received a master of strategic studies degree from the Army War College, and a master of health administration degree from Baylor University. He received a bachelor of arts degree in international studies from Norwich University in Vermont, and he has been a Fellow at the American College of Healthcare Executives since 2007.

Benjamin Seigel hired as first Opportunity Zones Coordinator for the Baltimore Development Corporation

October 17, 2018: Benjamin Seigel has been hired as the first Baltimore Opportunity Zones Coordinator for the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), effective this week, the week of October 14-20, 2018. The corporation has created the new position to oversee investment in designated Opportunity Zones, a new federal program that strives to increase development in low-income communities. In his newly-created position, Seigel is charged with working as an “information clearinghouse” by promoting development in these zones and connecting potential investors with projects. He will also be responsible for drafting a comprehensive plan for the city's Opportunity Zones and creating an investment prospectus. The Coordinator position is funded with a $100,000 grant from Baltimore's Abell Foundation, said Susan Yum, a BDC Spokesman. Created in 2017 as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Opportunity Zones program provides federal tax incentives for investment in low-income communities. Of the 149 census tracts in Maryland that the U.S. Department of Treasury has identified as Opportunity Zones, forty-two are in Baltimore City. Examples include areas around Park Heights, Mondawmin, Morgan State University and the Canton Industrial Area. Seigel previously worked at Johns Hopkins University as the first executive director of the 21st Century Cities Initiative, a program that brings together researchers and city partners to strengthen policies focused on improving underserved communities. He also worked in former President Barack Obama's administration as a Senior Adviser at the office of Labor Secretary Tom Perez, and he worked as the initial team lead for the Obama administration’s Baltimore Federal Task Force.

Blake Fischer resigns as Member of Idaho Fish and Game Commission

October 17, 2018: Blake Fischer resigned as a Member of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Monday, October 15, 2018, under pressure from Gov. Butch Otter. Otter said in a statement that he asked for, and accepted, Fischer’s resignation on October 15, 2018. Fischer was one of seven Members of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission. Fischer was originally appointed to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission in July, 2014, and he was re-appointed in June, 2018. Fisher’s resignation was effective immediately, as of October 15, and the search for his successor started immediately.

Jim Kelly retires as Executive Director of 4Culture, King County, Washington

October 17, 2018: Jim Kelly has retired as the Executive Director of King County, Washington’s 4Culture office, which is the county’s cultural funding division. 4Culture is an independent government agency that supports arts, heritage, preservation and public art. 4Culture serves Seattle and thirty-eight municipalities in King County. Kelly was hired in 1993 to provide funding and technical assistance to the King County Arts Commission and the Landmarks and Heritage Commission, then a small division of the Parks Department. Forging partnerships with elected officials, Kelly advocated successfully for increased cultural investment throughout the region and managed the county’s first wave of investment in cultural facilities. The Office of Cultural Resources was elevated to a department of the Executive’s Office in 1997 and Kelly was appointed Executive Director in 1999.

Tristan Leavitt appointed as General Counsel, U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board

October 17, 2018: Tristan Leavitt was appointed as the General Counsel of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board on Monday, October 15, 2018, by Mark A. Robbins, the Board’s Vice Chairman and Acting Chairman. Leavitt was previously the Principal Deputy Special Counsel at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. Before that, Leavitt worked for eight years on Capitol Hill, including working on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Leavitt received his B.A. from Brigham Young University, and he received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. The Merit Systems Protection Board is an independent federal government agency.

Don Beck appointed as Member, Nez Perce, Idaho, County Commission

October 17, 2018: Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday, October 11, 2018, announced the appointment of retired Fish and Game employee Don H. Beck, Jr., to fill a vacancy on the Nez Perce County Commission created by the recent resignation of Commissioner Bob Tippet. Beck, a forty-year resident of the Lewiston area, has held positions on several boards and commissions, including working for twenty years on the Nez Perce Waterways Committee; twenty years on the Clearwater Management Committee; and eighteen years on the Clearwater Basin Cooperative Weed Management Committee. Beck worked for twenty years at the Idaho Fish and Game Department, and he retired in 2016. In his new position on the Nez Perce County Commission, Beck was appointed for the remainder of Tippet’s term, which ends in January, 2019.