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Jeffrey DeWit confirmed as Chief Financial Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

March 16, 2018: Jeffrey DeWit was confirmed as the Chief Financial Officer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. DeWit, Phoenix Republican, is currently the Arizona State Treasurer. He was elected to his first term in that post on Nov. 4, 2014, and he took office on Jan. 5, 2015, as Arizona’s 33rd State Treasurer. DeWit has worked in the financial field since 1992, when he started working at Smith Barney, one of the United States’ largest brokerage companies. In 1999, DeWit started a company called ECHOtrade. During his fourteen years as the company’s chief executive officer at the firm’s Phoenix headquarters, DeWit managed the company’s growth to more than five-hundred licensed professional traders worldwide. DeWit received an MBA from the University of Arizona, a bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in finance from USC, and he also has an accounting degree. He has a certificate in Public Treasury Management from the National Institute of Public Finance, and he is a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow. NASA is an independent federal government agency.

David Ellis hired as Wake County, N.C., County Manager

March 16, 2018: David Ellis has been hired as the Wake County, N.C., County Manager. Ellis was most recently the county’s Deputy County Manager since 2015. He had also been the Acting County Manager since Jim Hartmann resigned in 2017. Ellis, 50, is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia. As County Manager, Ellis will oversee a $1.26 billion annual budget for Wake County’s population of about 1 million residents. He is the first black person to hold the post of Wake County Manager in the county’s 247-year history.

Russell Suzuki appointed Hawaii Attorney General

March 16, 2018: Russell Suzuki was appointed as the Hawaii Attorney General by Gov. David Ige on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Suzuki was most recently the Hawaii Acting Attorney General since Feb. 2, 2018, when Doug Chin resigned as Attorney General to be the state’s Lieutenant Governor. Suzuki has worked as a government lawyer at the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General for thirty-six years. During that time, he has worked as the First Deputy Attorney General for Attorneys General Douglas Chin, David Louie, and Mark Bennett. Before that, he was a Supervising Deputy Attorney General at the Administration Division and the Education Division. He has also worked as a counsel to various state boards and commissions, including the Land Use Commission, the Board of Education, the Board of Regents, the Employees’ Retirement System, the Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund and the Judicial Selection Commission, among others. Before he worked for the government, Suzuki practiced criminal defense law, family law, business law, and military law at the law offices of Yoshiro Nakamura. Suzuki received a B.A. from the University of Hawaii, and he received his law degree from the Ohio State University.

Greg Nyhoff hired as Vallejo, Calif., City Manager

March 16, 2018: Greg Nyhoff has been hired as the City Manager of Vallejo, California. Nyhoff was most recently the City Manager in Oxnard, Calif., where he worked since 2014. In Vallejo, he succeeds Dan Keen, who retired. Nyhoff has worked in government administration for thirty-one years. He has managed several cities in California, Colorado and Michigan. Before he started working for Oxnard in 2014, Nyhoff was the City Manager of Modesto, Calif., for six years. Oxnard Police Chief Scott Whitney is expected to take over the city’s City Manager duties while city officials search for a permanent successor to Nyhoff. In Vallejo, Nyhoff was hired at an annual salary of $265,000 plus a car allowance, $10,000 in relocation costs, eighty hours of administrative leave per year, $1,500 a month for housing, and a city-issued zero percent loan for a home in the city.

Joanna Pinkerton appointed Chief Executive Officer, Central Ohio Transit Authority

March 16, 2018: Joanna Pinkerton has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), effective on April 16, 2018. COTA Board Trustees made the decision to appoint Pinkerton on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Pinkerton is the chief operating officer of the Transportation Research Center Inc. in East Liberty. The Transportation Research Center, owned by the Honda Motor Co., is the hub for testing autonomous and connected vehicles. She's been in that job just since June, 2017, after leading Ohio State University's (OSU) research partnership with Honda. Ohio State is funding smart-city research at the center. A civil engineer, Pinkerton also was the chief operating officer of OSU's Center for Automotive Research. Pinkerton's salary is scheduled to be $290,000 per year.

Lauren Aronson resigns as Press Secretary for U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee

March 16, 2018: Lauren Aronson has resigned as the Press Secretary at the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee. Aronson has taken a job as the managing director at FP1 Strategies’ public affairs and communications division.

Tyler Ross resigns as White House Deputy Director of Media Affairs

March 16, 2018: Tyler Ross has resigned as the Deputy Director of Media Affairs at the White House. Ross resigned on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Ross previously worked at the Republican National Committee, Cognolink Limited and the U.S. House of Representatives.