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Patrick Allen appointed Acting Director, Oregon Health Authority

August 18, 2017: Patrick Allen has been appointed as the Acting Director of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), effective on Sept. 1, 2017, Gov. Kate Brown announced on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Allen succeeds Lynne Saxton, who was forced to resign as the OHA Director on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, by Brown after Saxton created a communications plan that centered on pitching negative stories about the Portland coordinated care organization to the press. Saxton apologized on Monday, August 7, 2017. Allen has been the Director of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) since 2011. He held several senior-level positions at DCBS before he was appointed as the Director. Allen also worked at Business Oregon, and he worked in banking for several years. As the DCBS Director, Patrick has been part of Brown’s Health Care Cabinet for the last several years, as he's overseen the state's health insurance market and the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange. Allen received a B.S in economics from Oregon State University. Officials at the Governor's Office said they plan to announce details about the recruitment process for a permanent OHA Director in September, 2017.

President Trump disbands White House American Manufacturing Council

  

August 18, 2017: President Trump on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, disbanded two advisory councils—the White House American Manufacturing Council and the White House Strategy and Policy Forum—and yesterday, Thursday, August 17, 2017, Trump disbanded the White House Advisory Council on Infrastructure. The Advisory Council on Infrastructure was still being formed, but Trump decided to end the process, a White House official said. No reason was given. "The President has announced the end of the Manufacturing Council and the Strategy & Policy Forum,” the official said. “In addition, the President's Advisory Council on Infrastructure, which was still being formed, will not move forward.”

Henry Connelly appointed Deputy Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat

  

August 18, 2017: Henry Connelly has been appointed as the Deputy Communications Director for U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat. Connelly was most recently Pelosi’s Director of Speechwriting. Connelly previously worked for former U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn, California Democrat.

Chris Blankenship appointed Commissioner, Alabama Conservation and Natural Resources Department

  

August 18, 2017: Chris Blankenship was appointed as the Alabama Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and Hal Taylor was appointed as the Secretary of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) by Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday, August 11, 2017. Blankenship and Taylor most recently held those positions on an acting basis. Blankenship was appointed as the Acting Commissioner on June 1, 2017. He was most recently the Deputy Commissioner and the Director of the DCNR Marine Resources Division from 2011 to 2017. He has worked at DCNR since 1994, when he was hired as a Conservation Enforcement Officer. Ivey announced Blankenship’s permanent appointment at the Governor’s Conservation Achievement awards held in Montgomery on Friday, August 4, 2017. Taylor was appointed as the Acting Secretary of ALEA on April 12, 2017. He most recently was the Deputy Chief of Staff for the State Bureau of Investigations and ALEA Chief of Staff, starting in 2014. Before that, Taylor worked for the ABC Board, going back to 1992. He held several posts at the ABC Board, including Executive Security and Assistant Director of the Enforcement Division.

Hal Taylor appointed Secretary, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

  

August 18, 2017: Chris Blankenship was appointed as the Alabama Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and Hal Taylor was appointed as the Secretary of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) by Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday, August 11, 2017. Blankenship and Taylor most recently held those positions on an acting basis. Blankenship was appointed as the Acting Commissioner on June 1, 2017. He was most recently the Deputy Commissioner and the Director of the DCNR Marine Resources Division from 2011 to 2017. He has worked at DCNR since 1994, when he was hired as a Conservation Enforcement Officer. Ivey announced Blankenship’s permanent appointment at the Governor’s Conservation Achievement awards held in Montgomery on Friday, August 4, 2017. Taylor was appointed as the Acting Secretary of ALEA on April 12, 2017. He most recently was the Deputy Chief of Staff for the State Bureau of Investigations and ALEA Chief of Staff, starting in 2014. Before that, Taylor worked for the ABC Board, going back to 1992. He held several posts at the ABC Board, including Executive Security and Assistant Director of the Enforcement Division.

John Carmichael appointed as Member, Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board

  

August 18, 2017: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker appointed five Members of the state government’s Cannabis Advisory Board on Friday, August 4, 2017. The appointees are charged with with studying and making recommendations to the Cannabis Control Commission on the regulation and taxation of marijuana. The Cannabis Advisory Board was established by the ballot initiative approved by voters in November, 2016, and in bipartisan legislation signed by Baker last week, the week of August 6-12, 2017, consisting of twenty-five Members: five appointees each from the Governor, Treasurer and Attorney General, and ten ex-officio Members “with expertise and knowledge relevant to the Board’s mission,” according to the Governor’s Office. Per statute, the five gubernatorial appointees represent experts in minority business development, economic development strategies for under-resourced communities, farming or farming interests, employers and municipal law enforcement. The five appointed Board Members are: John Carmichael, Jr. (Municipal Law Enforcement); Kimberly Napoli (Minority Business Development); Mary Ann Pesce (Employers); Lydia Sisson (Farming); and Henry M. Thomas III (Economic Development for Under-Resourced Communities).

Mark Dosch appointed Chairman, North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System

  

August 18, 2017: Mark Dosch was appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System (NDPERS) by Gov. Doug Burgum on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. Dosch, of Bismarck, succeeds Jon Strinden. Also, NDPERS Executive Director Sparb Collins plans to retire on October 31, 2017, after twenty-eight years in the position. Strinden was on the NDPERS Board of Trustees for sixteen years before he resigned as Board Chairman on May 18, 2017. A Bismarck native, Dosch is the owner and president of Expressway Inn and Suites in Bismarck. He was in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 2001 to 2016, including working as a Member of the House Appropriations Committee. Dosch is also on the advisory board of Job Service North Dakota. Dosch received a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance from the University of North Dakota in 1982, and he graduated from the Dakota School of Banking in 1986. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of Grand Forks-based Edgewood Real Estate Investment Trust, which provides multi-family and senior housing across seven Midwest states. Sharon Schiermeister, the NDPERS Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed as the Acting Executive Director during the Board’s search for a new, full-time Executive Director.