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Mary Aveni — Tennessee

Tennessee – The Board of Mayor and Aldermen for the city of Decherd approved Mary Aveni to the position of city administrator on Oct. 17. Aveni will replace Rex Clark in the new role.  
October 27, 2023

Thomas Flaherty — Illinois

Illinois – On Oct. 9, Thomas Flaherty began his role as the city of Rock Island’s assistant city manager. The first to hold the position, Flaherty brings 20 years of experience to the role, most recently serving as the economic development director for Mahaska County,
October 27, 2023

Jamey Owen — South Carolina

South Carolina – The city of Columbia has hired Jamey Owen as its new assistant finance director. Owens brings nearly a decade of experience to the role, having served as the finance director for the cities of Shelbyville and Fayetteville. 
October 27, 2023

Valmarie Turner — Virginia

Virginia – The city of Fairfax welcomed Valmarie Turner as the city’s first deputy city manager on Oct. 16. Bringing nearly 30 years of public sector experience to the role, Turner left her previous position as the acting director of Loudoun County’s Finance and Procurement
October 27, 2023

Mark Blanchard — Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania – Dr. Mark Blanchard will become the Cumberland Valley School District’s new superintendent on Dec. 4. Blanchard will replace the outgoing superintendent Dr. David Christopher. Blanchard brings 26 years of public education experience to the role, most recently serving as the assistant superintendent for
October 27, 2023

Sheila Lowry — North Carolina

North Carolina – Current Interim Parks and Recreation Director Sheila Lowry has officially assumed the role as the city of Concord’s parks and recreation director. Lowry joined the city of Concord as an athletics specialist in 2011. She began her new role on Oct. 16. 
October 27, 2023

Tim Street — Indiana

Indiana – After working as the operations and development division director for the city of Bloomington’s parks and recreation department for two years, Tim Street has been appointed as the interim director of parks and recreation for the city. He succeeded previous Director Paula McDevitt
October 27, 2023

Josiah Aullaqsruaq Patkotak — Alaska

Alaska – The North Slope Borough elected Josiah Aullaqsruaq Patkotak, the current independent state representative, as their new mayor. Patkotak was inaugurated on Oct. 10. 
October 27, 2023

Steve Pendergrass — South Dakota

South Dakota – Steve Pendergrass will replace John Forman as the city of Milbank’s city administrator on Nov. 27. Beginning his firefighting career at the age of 18, Pendergrass will leave his position as the fire chief of the Hanford Fire Department to accept the
October 27, 2023

Laura Gloria — Washington 

Washington – Appointed on Oct. 12, Laura Gloria has been hired as the city administrator for the city of Wenatchee. Gloria has served as the city’s executive services director for the past four years. Before coming to Wenatchee, Gloria served as the deputy city manager
October 27, 2023
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