Texas Technology Leaders and Innovators Honored in Austin at Annual Best of Texas Awards Ceremony

The 12th annual Center for Digital Government’s Best of Texas Awards were announced last night at e.Republic’s Government Technology Conference Southwest held in Austin, Texas.

The Center for Digital Government’s Best of Texas Awards program recognizes public sector professionals and local government organizations for their dedication and contributions to advance information technology in Texas. Winners are selected based on a number of criteria, including collaboration among agencies, innovative use of technology, economic benefits and bettering public services and business processes.

“We are honored to present this year’s Best of Texas Awards to these outstanding recipients,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government.  “The individuals and groups committed to improving government interactions with citizens deserve high recognition and praise. It is their innovation and dedication to engage citizens that constantly improves the communities of the great state of Texas.  Congratulations!”

2013 Best of Texas Award Winners:

Demonstrated Leadership in Management of Information Technology

Stephen Elkins, Chief Information Officer, City of Austin

Demonstrated Excellence in Project Management

Thomas Konzel, IT Supervisor – GIS, City of Arlington

Best Application Serving an Agency’s Business Needs

Electronic Content Management (ECM), Texas Workforce Commission

Best Application Serving an Agency’s Business Needs

Bexar County eTruancy Portal

Best Application Serving the Public

Candidate Campaign Finance Reports Online Search, Bexar County

Best Application Serving the Public

Crash Reporting and Analysis for Safer Highways (CRASH), Texas Department of Transportation

The Green IT Award

Efficiency by Design Phase II - Campus Data Centers, Lone Star College System

Best In-House Developed Application

Event Services Work Order Mobile Application, Austin Convention Center – City of Austin

Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations

NCTCOG Emissions Database, North Central Texas Council of Governments

Best Mobile/Wireless Project

“myInspections” Building Inspector Companion, City of Dallas

Best Mobile/Wireless Project

Rodeo Austin “SCORE IT!”

Most Innovative Use of Social Media

Inside APD TV, City of Arlington Police Department

Outstanding IT Service and Support Award Recipients:

Recognizing the dedicated work of public servants who work day after day - as team members, team leads, IT project leads and managers - upholding the highest standards of public service.

  • Greg Berglund, Information Resources Division Manager, Texas Department of Agriculture
  • Alan Girton, Senior IT Solutions Manager/IT Security Manager, City of Fort Worth
  • Deborah Hujar, Director of Technology, Policy, Planning and Governance, Texas Department of Information Resources
  • Keith Huntsman, Senior Business Analyst, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • Sheryl Marek, Database Administrators Team Lead, Texas Employees Retirement System
  • Jamie McClanahan, Project Manager/ Systems Analyst for Application Development, Information Technology, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
  • Bridget Wolf, Manager of Application Development, Information Technology, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
  • Danny Mar, Manager of Executive and Advanced Computing Support, Texas Tech University
  • Patricia V. Mokry, Programmer IV (Senior Developer), Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Richard Padmore, Benefits & Pensions Applications Development Team Lead, Texas Employees Retirement System
  • Tracey Rideout, Manager, Applications Development and Maintenance UI Benefits Team, Texas Workforce Commission
  • Paul Rinn, Network System Support Supervisor, City of Austin
  • Scott Stansbury, Lead Strategic and Solutions Architect, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Anthony Shimal Tissera, Director, Infrastructure and Security, Chief Security Officer, UNT Health Science Center
  • Ricky Wilkins, Team Lead/Domain Administrator/Systems Analyst IV, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

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The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.   

The Center for Digital Government is a division of e.Republic, a national publishing, event and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation.

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Janet Grenslitt, Director of Surveys and Awards