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Okatthong Mekhagnomdara "Oki Mek" has been appointed Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
January 15, 2021: Okatthong Mekhagnomdara "Oki Mek" has been appointed Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Mek served as Senior Advisor to the Chief Information Officer from August 2019 through December 2020. Previously, he was Chief Technology Officer at the Division of Acquisition for HHS. Mek worked for over a decade with the Department of Energy before joining HHS in 2010. He served in the Virginia Army National Guard from 1997 to 2003, and the Maryland Army National Guard from 2003 to 2006.
Richard D. Westphal was recently named the new Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa
January 15, 2021: Richard D. Westphal was recently named the new Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa. He succeeds Marc Krickbaum, who resigned. Mr. Westphal began his law career at Reynolds and Kenline in Dubuque, IA. He then served as an assistant county attorney in Johnson County and later in Muscatine County. In April of 1996, Mr. Westphal was designated as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, where he specialized in methamphetamine prosecutions. He has also served an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Iowa, a Branch Chief of the Davenport Branch Office, the Criminal Chief and the First Assistant United States Attorney. Mr. Westphal holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a Law Degree from the University of Iowa College of Law.
Jonathan Fahey has resigned as Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Department of Homeland Security
January 15, 2021: Jonathan Fahey has resigned as Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Department of Homeland Security. Fahey started January 1, 2021 after previous acting Director Tony Pham departed after five months in the role. Fahey had served as Principal Legal Advisor to the Director before assuming the acting duties. Tae Johnson, who became acting Deputy Director last October, will now lead ICE.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed Rizgar Ghazi as Deputy Director of the Hazardous Waste Management Program at the Department of Toxic Substances Control
January 15, 2021: California Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed Rizgar Ghazi as Deputy Director of the Hazardous Waste Management Program at the Department of Toxic Substances Control, where he has served as Acting Deputy Director of the Hazardous Waste Management Program since 2017. Ghazi has served in several positions at the Department of Toxic Substances Control since 2006, including Division Chief, Permitting Division, Permitting Branch Chief and Supervising Hazardous Substances Engineer. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $180,000. Ghazi is a Democrat.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced the reappointment of Randall Meyer as Ohio Inspector General
January 15, 2021: Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced the reappointment of Randall Meyer as Ohio Inspector General. Meyer will begin a full-term commencing January 12, 2021, and ending January 12, 2025. Meyer was appointed in January 2011, and reappointed in 2015. Prior to becoming Inspector General, Meyer spent 25 years in public service, including military service in the United States Navy. Meyer earned his undergraduate degree from Franklin University. He is certified as an inspector general from the Association of Inspector Generals. He also has a certification from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and instructor certification for both the National White Collar Crime Center and the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy. This appointment is subject to confirmation by the Ohio Senate.
Jennifer Middleton has been appointed as the Lafayette County, MO, County Clerk
January 15, 2021: Jennifer Middleton has been appointed as the Lafayette County, MO, County Clerk. Ms. Middleton has served as Deputy Lafayette County Clerk since 2018. Previously, she served as a substitute teacher for the Wellington-Napoleon R-9 school district. Ms. Middleton holds a Bachelor of Science in equine sciences from Colorado State University.
Jeremy Benson, of Belton, was appointed as the Cass County Auditor
January 15, 2021: Jeremy Benson, of Belton, was appointed as the Cass County Auditor. Mr. Benson began working for Cass County in 2016 as a Deputy Public Administrator and became Deputy Cass County Auditor in 2019. Mr. Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Central Missouri and a Master of Business Administration from Purdue University.
Paul DeVries has been promoted to Public Works Director for the city of Fond du Lac, WI
Kurt Bluder has retired as Police Chief for La Grange, IL
Thomas H. Jones has taken the helm as President of Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems
LtGen. Andrew A. Croft was recently named the new Military Deputy Commander for the U.S. Southern Command
President-Elect Joe Biden intends to nominate the Gary Gensler as Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
California Governor Gavin Newsom has reappointed Lisa Halko as Chief Counsel at the Department of Conservation
Derrick Evans (R), District 19, has resigned from West Virginia’s House of Delegates
County Executive Laura Curran has signaled her intention to appoint Robin S. Laveman as the new Assessor of Nassau County
Allegheny County, PA, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has announced that Erin Dalton has been named the new Director of the Department of Human Services (DHS)
Zach Curren has been promoted to Fire Chief for the city of Napa, CA
Marie Kalka has been named Finance Director for San Marcos, TX
Dr. Steven R. Meier was recently named the new Director of the Naval Center for Space Technology (NCST)
David Constable has taken the helm as CEO of Fluor Corporation
Montana Governor Greg Gianforte has announced his appointment of Misty Kuhl to lead the Department of Indian Affairs
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced his intention to appoint Liz Gerloff Wagenseller to serve a six-year term as Executive Director of the Office of Open Records
Sheila Solon has been appointed as the Acting Director of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration
Teddi Van Kam will be taking over as the new Interim Director for the Crawford County, KS, Health Department
Antone White has been named the new Director of the Franklin County, OH, Board of Elections
Macomb County, MI, County Executive Mark A. Hackel today announced the appointment of Andrew Cox as the Health Officer of the Macomb County Health Department (MCHD).
Deborah Pedercini has tendered her resignation as City Clerk of North Adams, MA
Dustin Liston has been sworn in as Police Chief for Iowa City, IA
President-Elect Joe Biden announced that he would nominate veteran diplomat William J. Burns to be the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Fluor Corp announced that Thomas D’Agostino has been named Group President for the company’s new Mission Solutions Business Segment
Prerak Shaw recently became the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas
Sabrina Singh will serve as White House Deputy Press Secretary for Vice President elect, Kamala Harris
Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Sophorn Cheang as Director of Business Oregon
Jennifer Mayton has been appointed Acting Director of the Virginia Small Business and Supplier Diversity Department (SBSD)
Bobbi Lear has been appointed as the Polk County, MO, County Clerk
Cuyahoga County, OH, County Executive Armond Budish has announced the appointment of Christopher Paul Viland as Cuyahoga County Sheriff
Dan Hurlock has been sworn in as Fire Chief for Downey, CA
Kirby Brady has been named Chief Innovation Officer for San Diego, CA
Tracy Wilkison was recently named the new Acting U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California
Shaveta Joshi has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Arctic Slope Regional Corp’s ASRC Federal Business
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