Beth Niblock has been named as the new CIO for the city of Detroit, officials confirmed today.

Niblock takes the position after 11 years as the CIO for Kentucky's Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government, where she implemented numerous initiatives that included unifying the city and county’s IT systems and infrastructure, and launched the department's current financial system.

Other notable department projects she directed include an upgrade to the Louisville government’s 311 system; breaking ground on LouiStat, a performance analytics program; and adding more Web services like online permitting and planning reviews linked to citizen comments and engagement efforts.

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No stranger to Detroit, Niblock served as part of a team of top municipal government technology officials organized by the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy to support the city with innovative IT initiatives and counseling. The objective set for her at the time was to support Detroit’s vision for economic revitalization.

Among other accolades, Niblock was also honored as one of Government Technology’s Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in 2011 for her hard charging efforts to innovate through collaboration.