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U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Peter J. Brown has been named Special Representative for Puerto Rico’s Disaster Recovery

February 19, 2020: U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Peter J. Brown has been named Special Representative for Puerto Rico’s Disaster Recovery by the Trump administration. Admiral Brown will coordinate U.S. government efforts to build the infrastructure and resiliency of Puerto Rico. The island of was devastated by Category 4 Hurricane Maria in September 2017 and in January 2020 was struck by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake and hundreds of additional aftershocks and tremors. Admiral Brown will be the White House coordinator for ongoing efforts at the national level, in collaboration with other White House components, including the Office of Legislative Affairs, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Office of Management and Budget. For the past six months Admiral Brown had been Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism Advisor at the National Security Council.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed Shammara Haley Henderson to the New Mexico Court of Appeals

  
February 19, 2020: New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed Shammara Haley Henderson to fill a vacancy on the New Mexico Court of Appeals. Henderson is a former assistant U.S. attorney who has been in private practice in Albuquerque since 2017. She is a 2007 graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law and has an undergraduate degree from American University in Washington, D.C. She is the first African-American to be appointed to the New Mexico Court of Appeals, according to Aja Brooks, president of the New Mexico Black Lawyers Association. Henderson also served as an assistant district attorney in Albuquerque and once clerked for the late New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Daniels. She replaces Judge M. Monica Zamora, who retired effective Jan. 31, 2020.

Stephanie Welch has left her position as First District Councilwoman for Knoxville, TN

  
February 19, 2020: Stephanie Welch has left her position as First District Councilwoman for Knoxville, TN, to serve as Deputy to the Mayor / Chief Economic and Community Development Officer. A new Council Member will be selected on February 20, 2020.

Cheryl Ingstad has been sworn in by DOE's Under Secretary for Science

  
February 18, 2020: Cheryl Ingstad has been sworn in by DOE's Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar as the Director of the Artificial Intelligence & Technology Office (AITO). AITO was created on September 5, 2019, to serve as the central body responsible for the development, coordination and application of Artificial Intelligence, building upon the Department of Energy’s capabilities as a world-leading enterprise in scientific discovery and technological innovation. ngstad comes to DOE from 3M Company, where she led the commercialization efforts of critical AI/Machine Learning research and development. Before 3M, Ingstad was an early leader in the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Information Operations Branch. Ingstad holds a MA in International Economic and Relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and a BS from Georgetown University.

President Trump announced ten judicial nominations

  
February 18, 2020: President Trump announced on February 13, 2020 that ten judicial nominations had been sent to the Senate for confirmation. In the Ninth Circuit, for the Southern District of California — Adam Braverm, Knut Johnson, Shireen Matthews, Michelle Pettit, Todd Robinson; and for the Central District of California — John Holcomb, Steve Kim, Sandy Leal, Rick Richmond, Jeremy Rosen.

General Dynamics has promoted Sheryl Bunton to Senior Vice President

  
February 18, 2020: General Dynamics has promoted Sheryl Bunton to Senior Vice President with its Gulfstream Aerospace subsidiary. Bunton joined Gulfstream Aerospace in 2015 as CIO after serving in that position with AGCO Corp and Southwire Co. She spent more than a decade with AT&T earlier in her career.

Tayfun Selen of Chatham Township has taken his oath of office

  
February 18, 2020: Tayfun Selen of Chatham Township has taken his oath of office as Morris County’s newest member of the Board of Freeholders. Selen, a 19-year resident of the Chathams, is a Turkish immigrant who came to the U.S. in 1996 and worked his way up from pumping gas in Madison to serving as a successful business executive, mayor and now county freeholder. He was elected by the County Republican Committee on Feb. 1 to replace Freeholder Heather Darling, who stepped down at the end of the year after winning election as the new Morris County Surrogate.