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Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper has Named James E. McPherson as the New Acting Secretary of the Navy
April 9, 2020: Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper has named James E. McPherson as the new Acting Secretary of the Navy. Mr. McPherson previously served as the Under Secretary of the Department of the Army. He is also a 26 year veteran of the Navy, where he retired as an Admiral. McPherson's personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Army Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards). Rear Adm. McPherson is a member of the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court and California. He replaces Thomas B. Modly, who resigned April 7, 2020.
President Trump officially Named his Reelection Campaign’s Spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany as the next White House Press Secretary
April 9, 2020: President Trump officially named his reelection campaign’s spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany as the next White House Press Secretary. McEnany is a former CNN contributor. She was the national spokesperson for the Republican National Committee since 2017. In February 2019, McEnany was named National Press Secretary for Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign. McEnany went to the Academy of the Holy Names, a Catholic preparatory school in Tampa, Florida. She later joined Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C., where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) in International Politics. McEnany spent a year studying at St Edmund Hall, a constituent college of the University of Oxford. She studied at the University of Miami School of Law and then transferred to Harvard Law School, graduating in May 2017.
Stephanie Grisham is Leaving her Position as White House Press Secretary
April 9, 2020: Stephanie Grisham is leaving her position as White House Press Secretary to return to her former role as Spokesperson and Chief of Staff for the First Lady. She has been Press Secretary since July 2019. Gresham plans to remain in place to provide a smooth transition.
The Pima County, AZ, Board of Supervisors have Appointed Betty Villegas as the District 5 County Supervisor Immediately
April 9, 2020: The Pima County, AZ, Board of Supervisors have appointed Betty Villegas as the District 5 County Supervisor immediately. Villegas will fill the remainder of Supervisor Richard Elías, who passed away March 28, 2020, and whose term expires December, 2020. Villegas, a Tucson native and a 23-year Pima County employee who retired in 2018 as the county’s Affordable Housing Director, is not among those who filed to run in the 2020 election for the District 5 Supervisor seat. The new Supervisor worked in the banking industry before joining the County in 1999. She has served on numerous community boards and commissions including: United Way of Greater Tucson, Arizona Housing Alliance, Arizona State Housing Commission, Los Descendientes del Presidio de Tucson, and the Tucson Pima Arts Council/Arts Foundation of Southern Arizona.
Rodney Allen has Resigned as the Elections Administrator for Pickens County, SC
April 9, 2020: Rodney Allen has resigned as the Elections Administrator for Pickens County, SC. The five member board and two election staffers have also resigned. A new county elections board will have to be appointed, nominated by local state legislators and approved by the governor. The board hires a director and the director hires staff. Two county employees have been temporarily reassigned to work in the voter registration office until the vacant positions are filled.
Paul LeBaron has been Promoted to Police Chief for Hermosa Beach, CA
April 9, 2020: Paul LeBaron has been promoted to Police Chief for Hermosa Beach, CA. Chief LeBaron, a 27-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department, replaces former Police Chief Sharon Papa, who retired in October 2019. LeBaron began his law enforcement career with Long Beach in 1993 and rose to become a Commander in 2012. He served as Commander for the Detectives Division and the East Patrol Division and as Chief of Staff to the Police Chief.
Katie Lichtig has Retired as Assistant City Manager for Santa Monica, California
April 9, 2020: Katie Lichtig has retired as Assistant City Manager for Santa Monica, California. Ms. Lichtig has spent the past 35 years in public service, serving in various leadership positions in Santa Monica, San Luis Obispo, Beverly Hills, and Malibu. Her former position will be filled on an interim basis by Housing and Community Development Director Andy Agle.
State Senator Jack Hill (R), one of the Longest-serving Members of the Georgia General Assembly, Died on Monday
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has Named a Fourth Justice to the Iowa State Supreme Court
Washington Governor Jay Inslee has Named Christine Bezanson Director of Results Washington
The Placer County, CA, Board of Supervisors’ District 4 will have New Representation as Suzanne Jones of Granite Bay Defeated Veteran Supervisor Kirk Uhler in the March 3 Election
Mark Collins has been Hired as Interim County Manager for Routt County, CO
The White County, GA, Commission on Monday Unanimously Approved a Hiring Contract for Jason Lee Cobb as County Manager
The Orange County, VA, Board of Supervisors is Pleased to Announce that Theodore (Ted) L. Voorhees, ICMA-CM, has been Hired as Orange County Administrator
Zachary (Zac) Wood has been Named Director of Parks, Recreation, and Sports Tourism for Cullman, AL
Michael Atkinson has been Replaced as Inspector General of the Intelligence Community
State House of Representative Bob Glanzer (R) Passed Away on April 3, 2020
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has Appointed Janet Reynolds Cassels as the District Attorney of the 159th Judicial District in Angelina County
Mark Zambito has been Promoted to Fire Chief for Worthington, OH
Toby E. Wells was Appointed City Manager for Turlock, CA
Alan Frank is the New Deputy Commissioner of Human Resources for the Social Security Administration
Marianna LaCanfora has been Named Deputy Commissioner of Analytics, Review and Oversight for the Social Security Administration
The Gilbert, AZ, Town Council Appointed Scott September to fill a Vacancy left by Brigette Peterson, who resigned to run for Mayor
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