The Fifty Nifty Project

ELGL is launching a new initiative, “The Fifty Nifty Project” for the new fiscal year. We are committed to reaching all 50 states next year by profiling at least one person from the government arena in each state. Each person profiled with be asked the same questions, and at the end of the year, we’ll package the responses together in a report.  This is part of ELGL’s continuing goal of sharing good information about local governments.

How Can I Help?

  • Email three recommendations, each from a different state, to Ben Kittelson, ELGL project assistant, oregonelgl@gmail.com.
  • Include name, job title, organization, and email address for each recommendation.
  • Your recommendation may be a student, retired professional, or active professional in the government arena.
  • Or you can leave your recommendations in the comment section below.
  • We’ll need a few choices from each state so don’t worry if there is a contact already listed.

Member Recommendations:

Alabama

Alaska

  • Sara Peterson, Deputy Clerk  Sitka, Alaska

Arizona

  • Ken Strobeck, League of Arizona Cities and Towns, Executive Director

Arkansas

California

  • Greg Larson, City of Los Gatos, Town Manager
  • Mike Arnold, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Executive Director
  • Brian Angus, Fresno County EOC, Executive Director

Colorado

  • Robb Kolstad, City of Thornton, CO, Management and Budget Director
  • Frank Biggerstaff, El Paso County Transportation Division, Colorado
  • Sam Mamet, Executive Director, Colorado Municipal League
  • Tim Gagen, Town Manager, Town of Breckenridge

Connecticut

  • Robert Lee, Town of Plainville, Town Manager

Delaware

Florida

  • Jorge Lara, Lieutenant at Isles of Capri Fire/Rescue

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

  • Phil Kiraly, Village of Northbrook, IL, Assistant Village City Manager
  • Chris Koos, Mayor, Town of Normal, IL
  • Tom Durkin, Village of Crete, Village Administrator
  • Jason Berry, City of Blue Island, Zoning Administrator
  • David Mekarski, Village of Olympia Fields, Village Administrator/Village Planner

Indiana

  • Stephanie Belch, City of Indianapolis/Marion County, Principal Planner

Iowa

  • Geoff Fruin, Iowa City, IA, Assistant to the City Manager
  • Kristy Stewart, Recruiting Program Manager, City of Cedar Rapids

Kansas

  • Robert Layton, Wichita, KS, City Manager

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

  • Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth, Town of Capitol Heights, Town Administrator

Massachusetts

  • Anne-Marie McLaughlin MSBC, MA, MEP Emergency Manager, University of Massachusetts Boston

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

  • Laura Fitzpatrick, City of Rio Rancho, Assistant City Manager

New York

  • Mark Alger, Steuben County, NY, County Manager
  • Jay Gsell, Genesee County, NY, County Manager

North Carolina

  • Eric Peterson, Town of Hillsborough, Hillsborough
  • Kim Nelson, Professor of Public Administration at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • Dewey Harris, Catawba County, Assistant County Manager

North Dakota

Ohio

  • Tanisha Briley, Cleveland Heights, OH, City Manager

Oklahoma

Oregon

  • Naveen Chandra, Region Project Delivery Manager ODOT
  • Daniel Vazquez, City of Beaverton, Cultural Inclusion Coordinator

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

  • Holly Eskridge, City of Rock Hill, Assistant to the City Manager
  • Katherine Brackett, City of Pickens, City Administrator

South Dakota

Tennessee

  • Kirk Bednar, City of Brentwood, City Manager
  • Bill Hammon, City of Alcoa, Assistant City Manager
  • Angie Carrier, City of Johnson City, Planning Director

Texas

  • Jim Nichols,  Assistant City Manager of Midland, TX
  • Courtney Sharp, City Manager of Midland, TX
  • Tommy Hudson, Deputy City Manager of Midland, TX

Utah

  • Rick Davis, City of West Jordan, UT, City Manager

Vermont

Virginia

  • Travis Hill, Virginia, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry
  • Ed Daley, Hopewell, VA, City Manager
  • Jackson Tuttle, Williamsburg,VA, City Manager

Washington

  • Alexandra (Miller) Sheeks, Assistant to the City Manager, Woodinville, WA
  • Dema Harris, Director, Northwest Clerks Institute at Washington State University Spokane
  • Elizabeth Smoot, City Recorder/Clerk, Redmond Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

  • Melissa, Weiss, Assistant Administrator/Director of Public Works, Sussex, WI
  • Vanessa Koster, City of Milwaukee, Planning Manager

Wyoming

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