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Geraldine L. Richmond has been nominated by President Biden to be the Under Secretary for Science, Department of Energy (DOE)

May 7, 2021: Geraldine L. Richmond has been nominated by President Biden to be the Under Secretary for Science, Department of Energy (DOE). Geraldine Richmond is the Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon. Bridging the fields of chemistry and physics, Richmond’s research focusses on understanding the molecular characteristics of water surfaces, studies that have relevance to environmental issues such as oil remediation, atmospheric chemistry and alternative energy sources. Her teaching and extensive outreach efforts have focused on science communication and building a strong and inclusive workforce. She has been honored by numerous honors and awards including the National Medal of Science from President Obama (2016), the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from President Clinton (1997) and the American Chemical Society’s highest honor, the Priestley Medal (2018). Richmond is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society and the Association for Women in Science. Richmond received her B.S. in chemistry from Kansas State University in 1975 and her Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley in 1980.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s appointment of William J. Walker as Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives has been confirmed by a majority vote in the House  
May 7, 2021: Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s appointment of William J. Walker as Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives has been confirmed by a majority vote in the House. Walker, who was Commanding General of the DC National Guard, becomes the first Black American to serve in the role. As an elected officer of the House of Representatives, the Sergeant at Arms is the chief law enforcement and protocol officer of the House of Representatives and is responsible for maintaining order in the House side of the United States Capitol complex. The Sergeant at Arms reviews and implements all issues relating to the safety and security of Members of Congress and the Capitol complex. The Sergeant at Arms also coordinates extensively with the U.S. Capitol Police and various intelligence agencies to assess threats against Members of Congress and the Capitol complex.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has appointed Tom Simplot as Director for the Department of Housing  
May 7, 2021: Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has appointed Tom Simplot as Director for the Department of Housing. Simplot was on the Phoenix City Council for 10 years, was president and CEO of the Arizona Multihousing Association and was a senior official at the National Endowment for the Arts during Donald Trump’s administration.
Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz has announced Signe Pringle as Deputy Secretary  
May 7, 2021: Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz has announced Signe Pringle as Deputy Secretary. Pringle has 20 years of progressive experience in international business development and management in private and public sectors. Pringle served as the Department’s director of international trade and investment, helped to grow the state’s global footprint, worked to attract dozens of international companies to the state, and assisted Maryland businesses to boost exports and market their products and services to overseas customers. Prior to joining state government, Pringle worked as a global supply chain manager for an international marketing and distribution company in Estonia. Pringle has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Baltimore, and a bachelor’s degree in international business, banking and accounting from the Estonian Business School. She currently serves as president of State International Development Organizations (SIDO), the leading U.S. organization dedicated to supporting state international trade agencies, and is on the U.S Department of Commerce’s Investment Advisory Council and the Center for Global Business at Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.
White County, GA, County Manager Jason Cobb has tendered his resignation to the White County Board of Commissioners  
May 7, 2021: White County, GA, County Manager Jason Cobb has tendered his resignation to the White County Board of Commissioners. Cobb had just completed a year as county manager. His first day on the job was April 27, 2020. The Board agreed with Cobb that he will remain with the county until June 25, 2021.
Bryan Beppler has resigned as the Cambria County, PA Human Resources Director  
May 7, 2021: Bryan Beppler has resigned as the Cambria County, PA Human Resources Director. His resignation, effective May 1, was accepted by the Cambria County Commissioners . Cambria County now will be accepting applications for Director of Human Resources.
Andrew Goczkowski has been sworn in as Mayor of Des Plaines, IL  
May 7, 2021: Andrew Goczkowski has been sworn in as Mayor of Des Plaines, IL. Before he was elected as the city's 8th Ward Alderman in May 2019, Mayor Goczkowski served as a Grants Coordinator / Constituent Advocate and as a Legislative Assistant for the U.S. House of Representatives, and as a Law Clerk and a Staff Attorney, Legal Division, for Des Plaines. He earned a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a JD at The John Marshall Law School. Mayor Goczkowski succeeds former Mayor Matthew Bogusz.