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Cuyahoga County, Ohio, CIO Bids Farewell, Returns to Private Sector

Jeff Mowry resigns to reboot his career in Detroit’s automotive industry.

by / September 25, 2015
Cleveland, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County Flickr/Erik Drost

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, announced a big change to its top IT spot Friday morning with the departure of CIO Jeff Mowry. 

Friday, Sept. 25 marked the CIO’s last day in the position, but also signaled a return to his roots in the Detroit automotive industry.

Mowry served as the county’s CIO since April 2011 and was previously the CIO in Broward County, Fla., where he managed a 165-person staff and the county’s data center, IT applications and telecommunications.

During his time in Florida, the CIO was credited with a 16 percent cost reduction, as well as generating new revenue streams through online transactions. 

“His proven track record of creating efficiencies in government information technology, greatly reducing costs to the taxpayers and his long-time management skills are all reasons he is uniquely qualified for this position,” then County Executive Ed FitzGerald said in 2011, “and we look forward to his guidance in the area of information technology. We also welcome Jeff back to his home state of Ohio.”

Prior to his public service career, the Ohio native spent 20 years in the private sector with automotive giant Chrysler as an IT executive.

According to officials within the county, Cuyahoga’s current Chief Technology Officer Michael Young will take over for Mowry on an interim basis until the CIO position can be filled permanently.