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NASCA is your resource for connection with state chief administrators and corporate partners. We publish state chief administrator transitions notified directly to the association or listings in the media. Membership contact information, bios and scopes of responsibility are a member benefit and are added to the member directory in NASCA Collaborate as it becomes available to us.
 
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State of Wyoming

Governor Mark Gordon appointed Patricia L. (Tricia) Bach April 2, 2019 as the Interim Director of the Department of Administration & Information. Following Dean Fausset's retirement after serving 7 years as Wyoming's Director of Department of A&I.

 

State of Georgia

Alex Atwood was appointed as Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Administrative Services by Gov. Brian Kemp. Among his many accomplishments, Judge Atwood is a retired Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve, former State Representative, and former Special Agent who worked for multiple federal law enforcement agencies. He replaces Shawn Ryan, who has taken a position as the executive director for the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency.

 

State of Nevada

Gov. Sisolak appointed Deonne Contine to serve as the director of the Department of Administration. Prior to this appointment, Contine was the executive director of the Nevada Department of Taxation. She follows Patrick Cates, who is now serving as Douglas County Manager.

 

State of Arizona

Gov. Doug Ducey announced the appointment of Elizabeth Thorson as Interim director of Arizona's Department of Administration. She previously served as the department's deputy director.

 

State of Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Jonathan Satter to serve as the secretary of the Florida Department of Management Services (DMS). Satter served as managing director of U.S. operations for Avision Young, the world’s largest private commercial real estate services firm from 2013-2018. Prior to that, he operated his own real estate firm, WGCompass, from 1999-2013, until its acquisition by Avision Young. He replaces Erin Rock.

 

State of Alaska

Governor Michael J. Dunleavy appointed Kelly Tshibaka to serve as the next commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration.

 

State of Connecticut

Gov. Ned Lamont has named Josh Geballe as the new commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services. He replaces Melody Currey.

 

State of Colorado

Kara Veitch was named the new Executive Director of the Department of Personnel & Administration.  Kara previously served as the Deputy Director. She replaces June Taylor, who accepted the chief operating officer role with the Colorado Office of the Attorney General.

 

State of West Virginia

Effective January 23, 2019, Governor Jim Justice appointment Allan L. McVey as Cabinet Secretary for the West Virginia Department of Administration. Prior to this appointment, he served as the West Virginia Insurance Commissioner.

 

State of Tennessee

Christi Branscom has been appointed to lead the State of Tennessee Department of General Services. She previously was chief operating officer and deputy mayor for the city of Knoxville. Branscom founded Grace Construction in 2003.

 

State of Illinois

Janel L. Forde will serve as Director of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS). She replaces Tim McDevitt.

 

State of Kansas

Governor Laura Kelly welcomed Duane Goossen to her team as the interim Secretary of Administration. He replaces Sarah Shipman.

 

State of Ohio

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine selected Matt Damschroder to lead the Department of Administrative Services. He replaces Bob Blair.

 

State of Hawaii

Curt Otaguro has been appointed to serve as the state comptroller, a postition that concurrently serves as head of the Department of Accounting and General Services following Rod Becker appointment to director of the Department of Budget and Finance.

 

State of Wisconsin

Joel Brennan was appointed as the new Secretary of the Department of Administration in the State of Wisconsin. He replaces Ellen Nowak.

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Michael Newsome was appointed Secretary of the Office of Administration (OA) by Governor Tom Wolf to begin on January 4, 2019. Reid Walsh was named as Executive Deputy Secretary of the Office of Administration (OA) and the Deputy Secretary for Human Resources and Management for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Former Secretary Sharon Minnich recently accepted a position as Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance for the State System of Higher Education.

 

State of Minnesota

Alice Roberts-Davis was named Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Administration. Roberts-Davis was the former assistant commissioner.  She replaces Matt Massman.

 

State of Idaho

Bryan Mooney was appointed as the Director of the Department of Administration for the State of Idaho. He replaces Bob Geddes.

 

State of Maine

Kirsten Figueroa is the Acting Commissioner and Commissioner-designate of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS). She will serve in acting capacity until Governor Janet T. Mills formally submits Figueroa’s nomination to the legislature for consideration and her nomination is confirmed by the Maine Senate. She replaces Alec Porteous.

 

State of New Mexico

Ken Ortiz is being tapped to lead the New Mexico General Services Department. He replaces interim Ned Fuller.

 

State of Michigan

Tricia L. Foster was appointed as new director of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

 

State of Nebraska

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts named Jason Jackson, his former chief human resources officer, to lead the Department of Administrative Services. He replaces Byron Diamond.

 
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