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Former Maumelle Mayor Moves to Halff+Marlar (Movers & Shakers)

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Mike Watson has joined Halff+Marlar in Little Rock as a business development manager.

Watson was the mayor of Maumelle for 12 years and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of one of the fastest-growing cities in Arkansas. He served on the Maumelle Planning Commission for nine years and was the commission’s chair for six years.

Steven Head has been promoted to partner at McClelland Consulting Engineers in Fayetteville.

Head is the firm’s geotechnical engineering department head, managing both the in-house construction materials testing laboratory and geotechnical engineering division, as well as overseeing all construction inspection services for the company. He has worked at the firm for seven years, and is licensed in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Roger Bahena has been promoted to construction materials lab supervisor at McClelland Consulting Engineers in Fayetteville.

Bahena joined the company’s geotechnical engineering department in 2017 as a field and lab technician. He is certified through the Center for Training Transportation Professionals in Fayetteville in basic aggregates, soils, concrete field testing and hot mix asphalt, and concrete strength testing.

April Lester has joined McClelland Consulting Engineers as the materials laboratory supervisor of the firm’s Little Rock office.

Lester has more than 15 years of experience in quality assurance and quality control materials testing methods. She is certified through the Center for Training Transportation Professionals in Fayetteville and is experienced in quality inspections for all phases of bridge and highway projects.

Jerry Dowdy has been hired as the director of information technology at Central Baptist College in Conway.

Dowdy has more than 25 years of IT experience, previously serving in the North Little Rock School District’s technology department. He has also worked in Unix operations for Walmart in Bentonville.

See more of this week’s Movers & Shakers, and submit your own announcement at ArkansasBusiness.com/Movers.

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