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Brian Montgomery confirmed as Assistant Secretary for Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

May 25, 2018: Brian D. Montgomery was confirmed as the Assistant Secretary for Housing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Montgomery, 61, Texas Republican, is the vice chairman of The Collingwood Group, LLC, a business consulting company that he co-founded in 2009. He was previously HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Housing during the administration of former President George W. Bush. Montgomery was confirmed for the position in February, 2005, and he resigned from the post in July, 2009. From January, 2001, to January, 2003, Montgomery was a Deputy Assistant to the President and the Director of Advance, and from January, 2003, to April, 2005, he was a Deputy Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary. After the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in February, 2003, Montgomery led a White House working group to monitor all facets of the accident investigation. Montgomery graduated from the University of Houston, and he received a bachelor of arts degree in political science.

James Lane appointed Virginia State Superintendent of Public Instruction

May 25, 2018: James Lane was appointed as the Virginia State Superintendent of Public Instruction by Gov. Ralph Northam yesterday, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Lane succeeds Steven R. Staples, an appointee of former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and Staples held the post from March, 2014, until his retirement, which was effective on Jan. 1, 2018. Lane is currently the Superintendent of the Chesterfield County, Va., Public Schools System. Lane came to Chesterfield County in 2016 at age 38 after he worked for four years as the Superintendent of the Goochland County Public Schools System. Lane was also previously the Superintendent of the Middlesex County Public Schools System. Lane received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; a master of school administration degree from North Carolina State University; and a doctor of education degree from the University of Virginia.

Steve Drew hired as Newport News, Va., Police Chief

May 25, 2018: Steve Drew has been hired as the Newport News, Va., Police Chief, effective on July 2, 2018, city officials announced yesterday, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Drew succeeds Rick Myers, who retired in August, 2017, after four years on the job. Drew is currently the Deputy Police Chief in Richmond, Virginia. Drew has worked his entire twenty-four-year career in Richmond, starting as a Police Officer and moving through the ranks to his current position in April, 2015. Drew is one of two Deputy Police Chiefs in Richmond. As the Newport News Police Chief, he will oversee a staff of six-hundred sworn and non-sworn personnel and an annual operating budget of $49 million, according to a statement from Newport News officials. Drew received a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Urbana University and a master’s degree in business from Colorado State University. Drew is scheduled to be paid an annual salary of $177,000 in Newport News.

G. Zachary Terwilliger appointed as Acting U.S. Attorney, Virginia Eastern District

May 25, 2018: G. Zachary Terwilliger has been appointed as the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, effective today, Friday, May 25, 2018. The Eastern District runs from Northern Virginia, through the Richmond area east to Hampton Roads. The heavy high-technoloy, military and government presence make the district one of the most important in the country handling terrorism and national security cases. Since January, 2017, Terwilliger has been as an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. In December, 2017, he added the position of Chief of Staff at the Office of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Officials said Terwilliger rose through the ranks in the Eastern District of Virginia, from a summer intern in 1999, to an Assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecuted MS-13 members, members of the Bloods gang and firearm cases. In his new position, Terwilliger is charged with supervising the prosecution of federal crimes and the litigation of all civil matters in which the U.S. has an interest, and he will lead a staff of more than 250 prosecutors, civil litigators and support personnel in offices in Alexandria, Newport News, Norfolk and Richmond. Terwilliger was appointed as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 2010 and assigned to the Major Crimes Unit. He also has worked as a Counselor to former U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride and he was a Spokesman for the district. Terwilliger received a bachelor's degree in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, and he graduated from the William and Mary School of Law.

Sukie Scheetz named Assistant County Administrator, Clermont County, Ohio

May 25, 2018: Sukie Scheetz was hired as the Assistant County Administrator for Clermont County, Ohio, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, by the Board of County Commissioners. Scheetz was most recently the Director of the county’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Scheetz has worked for the Clermont County government since 1994, when she was hired as the Finance Director for the Water Resources Department. In 2001, she was named Controller and Director of OMB. As the OMB Director, Scheetz oversees all budgetary and fiscal operations that come under the purview of the Board of County Commissioners. Scheetz, who lives with her husband in Milford, has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, where she majored in accounting. Before she came to Clermont County, she worked for ten years at General Electric in financial management.

Massachusetts District Court Judge Thomas Estes suspended from office indefinitely

May 25, 2018: Massachusetts District Court Judge Thomas Estes has been suspended from office indefinitely in the wake of allegations that he engaged in sexual acts with a social worker in his courthouse chambers, officials at the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled yesterday, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Supreme Court Judges said that Estes’ "grave, willful and repeated wrongdoing" has damaged the public's faith in the judicial system. "The sanction we impose is not severe because we seek to punish the judge severely, but because…we seriously question whether he can command the respect and authority essential to the performance of his judicial function," the Judges wrote. Estes' lawyer, David Hoose, said they are disappointed in the decision and that Estes is weighing his options. The Supreme Judicial Court said Estes will be suspended without pay indefinitely, effective on June 15, 218. While the decision prevents Estes from working as a Judge, only the Governor and legislators can officially remove him from the bench. Estes, a former Public Defender, was appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick in 2014. Estes was the First Judge of the Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown before he was confined to administrative duties last year, 2017.

Harry Harris withdraws from nomination as U.S. Ambassador to Australia

May 25, 2018: Harry B. Harris, Jr., formally withdrew from his nomination as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Harris’ nomination was formally sent to the U.S. Senate on Feb. 13, 2018. Harris was nominated as the U.S. Ambassador to South Korea on Friday, May 18, 2018. Harris, of Hawaii, is currently the 24th Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. Harris graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978, and he was designated as a Naval Flight Officer in 1979.