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Perry L. Knight became the new Acting Commander of DLA Distribution

July 10, 2020: In a recent change of command ceremony, Perry L. Knight became the new Acting Commander of DLA Distribution (Formerly Defense Distribution Center). He also holds the position of Chief of Staff, DLA Distribution, which he assumed July, 2009. Knight was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Transportation Corps upon graduation from the Virginia Military Institute in 1982. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in economics. He also holds a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Knight’s assignments include the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Logistics Directorate, the Pentagon; Director, Logistics Operations, U.S. Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Ga.; Commander, 53rd Transportation Battalion, also located at Fort McPherson, Ga.; and Brigade Operations Officer, 598th Transportation Group, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Knight served in uniform as DLA Distribution’s chief of staff beginning in July 2006, until he assumed his current position. Knight replaces former Commander RAdm. Kevin M. Jones. RAdm. Jones will be heading to Germany to be Director for Logistics for the U.S. Africa Command.
Dr. Jeffrey Stern has taken up the role of Superintendent of FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI)  
July 10, 2020: Dr. Jeffrey Stern has taken up the role of Superintendent of FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI). He was previously State Coordinator of Emergency Management at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM). Stern held the VDEM role for six years which included more than 50 disaster declarations. Stern is a former firefighter and paramedic and holds a PhD in public administration. He also helped lead incident management teams for Hurricanes Charley (2004) and Katrina (2005), and medical relief efforts in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake in the region.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has reappointed Kasey D. Schimkeas Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Water Resources  
July 10, 2020: California Governor Gavin Newsom has reappointed Kasey D. Schimkeas Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Water Resources, where he has served since 2007. Schimke was legislative staff in the Office of State Senator Denise Ducheny from 2005 to 2006. He held multiple positions in the California State Assembly from 1997 to 2005, including Committee Consultant for the Assembly Committee on Budget and Legislative Aide in the Office of State Assemblymember Carole Migden and State Assemblymember Virginia Strom-Martin. This position does not require Senate confirmation.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has appointed Shawn Soares as Special Assistant for Appointments and Director of Asian American and Pacific Islander Outreach  
July 10, 2020: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has appointed Shawn Soares as Special Assistant for Appointments and Director of Asian American and Pacific Islander Outreach. Prior to his appointment, Shawn served as a Legislative Assistant to Delegate Suhas Subramanyam during the 2020 General Assembly session. Originally from Loudoun County, Shawn graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where he studied Business Administration and Marketing.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has appointed Mecca Hall as Special Assistant for Constituent Services and Community Engagement  
July 10, 2020: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has appointed Mecca Hall as Special Assistant for Constituent Services and Community Engagement. She previously served in the Secretary of the Commonwealth Office as Special Assistant for Appointments. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Mecca served as a Constituent Services Representative, Junior Caseworker, and Staff Assistant for Senator Tim Kaine. Mecca is a native of the Tidewater Region and a graduate of Saint Paul’s College where she studied Political Science and International Relations. She received a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and Nonprofit Management from the University of the Rockies.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has reappointed Michael C. Westfall as State Inspector General  
July 10, 2020: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has reappointed Michael C. Westfall as State Inspector General, a position he was first appointed to in April 2018 after serving as Acting State Inspector General since February 2017 and Deputy Inspector General since 2015. Prior to his role as Deputy Inspector General, he served in several leadership positions, including Chief Audit Executive for the Virginia State Police and Assistant Director and Director of the Chesterfield County Office of Internal Audit. He launched his career as an auditor for the United States Department of the Interior – Office of Inspector General. Westfall is a certified inspector general, a certified public accountant and a certified fraud examiner. A native of Norfolk, he holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in accountancy from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Matthew Jennings will take over duties as Riverside County, CA, new Treasurer-Tax Collector  
July 10, 2020: Matthew Jennings, current Assistant Treasurer-Tax Collector, will take over duties as Riverside County, CA, new Treasurer-Tax Collector on Sept. 24. He was appointed by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors on June 30 to fill the remaining term of Treasurer-Tax Collector Jon Christensen , who will retire on Sept. 23. Christensen is retiring after an established 18-year career with the department, with the last three years serving as the Treasurer-Tax Collector. Prior to that, he served for nine years as the assistant department head. During his tenure, Jon worked closely with the offices of the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder and Auditor-Controller to implement and replace the county’s forty six year old property tax mainframe system. Jennings is a third-generation Riverside County resident and will become the first black Treasurer-Tax Collector in the county’s history. He began his career with the department’s public services division as an office assistant in 1994, progressing to management throughout his 26-year tenure with the department, which include the last three years as Assistant Treasurer Tax Collector. He earned his bachelor of science degree in management from Hope International University, is active in the California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors and has assisted in the development of the California State Controller’s Property Tax Manual.