Denver CIO Molly Rauzi has announced she is leaving the public sector to take a director position with audit, tax and advisory firm Grant Thornton.

Rauzi’s last day in office will be Friday, Feb. 11. She will begin her new position as director of Grant Thornton’s Central Region Business Advisory Services practice next week.

Chuck Frederick, the consolidated city/county government’s director of enterprise applications, and Ethan Wain, the director of network and telecom, have been named the new deputy CIOs, Rauzi said.

Rauzi said she decided to look into new career options when former Mayor John Hickenlooper announced he would run for governor in the last year’s gubernatorial election. Her appointed position would have finished in July 2011.

“I started looking and weighing all my options,” Rauzi said. “And when I met the folks at Grant Thornton, they gave me the most flexibility to leverage both my experience in the public sector as well as my experience across business advisory services and technology.”

During her tenure as CIO, which began in 2007, Rauzi led Denver’s continuing work on IT consolidation effort that merged 58 IT departments into a single organization called Technology Services.  She established a governance process to support a $25 million technology portfolio, replaced the Denver’s sales and use tax system, and designed the technology for the city’s new Justice Center. Rauzi was also responsible for the Channel 8 television station, the Denvergov.org website and the 311 Call Center, according to CSIA, Colorado’s Technology Association. Rauzi led Denver’s technology support for the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

“Molly is a transformative leader who pushed Denver’s use of technology forward and put the Mile High City at the forefront of implementing advanced IT systems,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in a statement. “Her efforts helped streamline government processes and find efficiencies that saved the city money.”

In her new position, Rauzi will be responsible for helping CIOs establish IT strategy, putting investment portfolios together and establishing governance.

Sarah Rich, Staff Writer Sarah Rich  |  Staff Writer

In 2008, Sarah Rich graduated from California State University, Chico, where she majored in news-editorial journalism and minored in sociology. Since 2010, Sarah has written for Government Technology magazine and covers a spectrum of public-sector IT topics, including cloud computing, transparency, broadband, and other innovative projects and trends. She currently lives in Sacramento, Calif.