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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has Announced that he has Appointed Alan McClain as the State’s new Insurance Commissioner

March 30, 2020: Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has announced that he has appointed Alan McClain as the state’s new Insurance Commissioner. McClain, who will assume the position on April 3, replaces Allen Kerr, who was appointed to the job in January 2015. Kerr, whose last day is March 27, 2020, resigned to pursue opportunities in the private sector. McClain has served as Commissioner of the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services within the Department of Commerce since 2015. McClain began his career in state government in 1992 with the Arkansas Insurance Department after working with Sedgwick Insurance Group. He worked for the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission for 13 years and was the CEO of that Commission for almost nine years. Most recently, McClain served as Commissioner of the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS). In this role, which he assumed in 2015, he administered the day-to-day operations of ARS, which administers the Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Act. He holds an undergraduate degree from Hendrix College and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Jeff W. Brown, a private-sector IT security veteran, is the New Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Connecticu  
March 30, 2020: Jeff W. Brown, a private-sector IT security veteran, is the new Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Connecticut, where he joins the Information Technology Division at the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services. Brown received a BS & MS from Pace University. According to his LinkedIn profile, Brown has held information security positions at several major financial corporations, including AIG, GE Capital, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.
Lisa Crowley has been Appointed Human Resources Director for Methuen, MA  
March 30, 2020: Lisa Crowley has been appointed Human Resources Director for Methuen, MA. The City Council voted to hire Ms. Crowley at a salary range of $81,272 to $97,526 instead of the old range, which was $71,000 to $85,000.
Steve King is the New Public Works Director for Port Townsend, WA  
March 30, 2020: Steve King is the new Public Works Director for Port Townsend, WA. Mr. King, the former Economic Development Director for the city of Wenatchee, WA, has served in many capacities for the city, including City Engineer, Public Works Director for Engineering, and Community Development Director.
On March 1, 2020, the Cobb County, GA, Board of Commissioners Appointed Dr. Jackie McMorris to the County Manager Position  
March 27, 2020: On March 1, 2020, the Cobb County, GA, Board of Commissioners appointed Dr. Jackie McMorris to the County Manager position. McMorris, who has worked for the county since 2013, has more than 25 years of government agency experience, most recently serving as Cobb County’s first Deputy County Manager. She holds a doctorate in adult education, a master’s in speech communication with an emphasis in Human Resources & Organizational Development, and a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. McMorris’s governmental work experience includes over 15 years of experience having worked for the Cherokee County Government as the Agency Director for Community Services and Special Assistant to the County Manager. She also served as the Chief of Staff for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office before coming to Cobb as the Public Services Director. McMorris will succeed Rob Hosack, who is retiring April 1 after a long service with Cobb County including more than three years as the top administrator.
Henrico County, VA, has Appointed Steven J. Yob as Deputy County Manager for Community Operations  
March 27, 2020: Henrico County, VA, has appointed Steven J. Yob as Deputy County Manager for Community Operations; Yob currently serves as Director of Henrico’s Department of Public Works. Yob will succeed Timothy A. Foster in the position, who is retiring after a career of more than 30 years with the county. Yob received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a Master of Science degree in civil/geotechnical engineering from Michigan State and a Master of Business Administration degree from Virginia Tech. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and serves as vice chairman of the Henrico Local Emergency Planning Committee.
Deborah LaBreche has been Named the First Female City Engineer for Saratoga Springs, NY  
March 27, 2020: Deborah LaBreche has been named the first female City Engineer for Saratoga Springs, NY. Ms. LaBreche, who has served as Assistant City Engineer for 18 years, replaces Tim Wales, who was terminated. A graduate of UMASS Amherst with a bachelors degree in civil engineering, LaBreche earned her professional engineer license from the New York State Education Department in 2004. She also earned a code enforcement certification from the Department of State in 2007.