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Robert Pragada officially begins role as CEO of Jacobs

Robert Pragada has officially succeeded Steven Demetriou as CEO of Jacobs Engineering, effective January 24, 2023. He also joined the company's Board of Directors. Pragada most served as President and Chief Operating Officer, a position he was appointed to in December 2019. Pragada was Group President for Jacobs Global Industrial, Buildings and Infrastructure business from 2016 to 2019. He was previously President and CEO of the Brock Group from 2014 to 2016. Pragada is a retired U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander, serving as a Civil Engineer Corps and Seabees Officer. He sits on the boards of Eaton, PA Consulting, Brightstar Capital, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, U.S. India Business Council and the Dallas Mavericks Foundation Advisory Council. Steve Demetriou served as Chair and CEO of Jacobs Engineering since 2015.
Oakland County, Michigan has new Chief of Older Adult Services  
Oakland County, Michigan’s County Executive Dave Coulter announced Jim Ellison to be the county's new Older Adult Services Chief. Ellison is a former member of the Michigan State House of Representatives from 2017-2022, where he served on several committees, including Families, Children and Seniors, Health Policy, Tax Policy and Local Government. Ellison served as the Mayor of Royal Oak from 2003 to 2016, was the Royal Oak City Commissioner for four years and has returned to service to the city as a member of the planning commission also he had worked for the Barton Malow Construction Company. Ellison, the founding chairman of the Woodward Dream Cruise committee. He started as the Oakland County’s Chief of Older Adult Services on Jan. 17.
California Congresswoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove names Henry Dixon as Chief of Staff  
Henry Dixon has been named Chief of Staff for new Democratic Representative Sydney Kamlager-Dove of California's 37th Congressional District. Dixon had served with DixonHall Law Office PLLC since 2015. He previously served with AIS Inc, Talisman Energy and Shell in corporate counsel roles. Earlier in his career, Dixon was a Legislative Director and Counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1998 through 2001. He then worked as a Principal Consultant for the California State Assembly before joining J.P. Morgan in 2003
Washington County, Oregon appointed new Director of Health and Human Services  
Washington County, Oregon’s County Administrator Tanya Ange has appointed Mjere Simantel to be Director of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Simantel joined Washington County in Jan 2017 as the Disability, Aging and Veteran Services Program Supervisor, later in Nov 2018 he was named the Assistant Director of Health and Human Services and in Nov 2021 till now as the Interim Director of Health and Human Services. His experience includes being employed with Clackamas County as the Skills Group Counselor & Drug Court Coordinator also he served the Youth Services Coordinator for Clackamas Education Service District. Simantel had earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science from Portland State University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan.
Michael Crist has been appointed as Fire Chief for Harrison Township, MI  
Michael Crist has been appointed as fire chief for Harrison Township, MI. Mr. Michael started his career with Harrison Twp. in 2001 as a part-time firefighter/EMT, and in 2002 was promoted to a full-time firefighter paramedic. In 2018, he was promoted to the rank of battalion chief and has also served as the fire department's training officer, EMS manager, and grant administrator. He earned a BA from Columbia Southern University. The newly elected fire chief, Michael Crist, replaces Mark Lynch.
Tom Nagle named Chief of Staff to Congressman Raul Ruiz (D, CA)  
Democrat Raul Ruiz of California's 25th Congressional District has named Tom Nagle as his new Chief of Staff. Nagle previously worked in the Office of the Governor of New Mexico. Nagle joined the private sector with Accenture in 2012 after serving as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico from 2009 to 2012. He worked for Senator Udall for over a decade in total before joining Accenture as a Government Relations Director.
Monroe County, Michigan hires new Animal Control Director  
Monroe County, Michigan has announced the hiring of Olivia Webb as the county’s new Animal Control Director. Webb is a Monroe resident. She began her career in law enforcement in 2015 with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office where she joined as the Corrections Officer and later, she was appointed to be the Probation Officer for 1st District Court. Ms. Webb is passionate about animals and their welfare. She is a previous Animal Control Volunteer. Ms. Webb graduated from Monroe High School in 2010 and also, she has earned a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Toledo.