In this series, Public CIO set forth to find answers from several of the nation’s top CIOs who have served or currently are in state, local and federal positions.

The following are first-hand accounts about how establishing partnerships, trusting and letting go, investing in people, and assessing situations have all been instrumental to smart decision-making.

Chris O'Brien | Ignore Technology

Chris O'Brien, former CIO of Chicago, is now a principal at PwC's Public Sector Practice.

Sheila Butler | Building and Planning Strategically

Sheila Butler is the CIO of Horry County, S.C.

Vennard Wright | Building a Procurement System

Vennard Wright is the CIO and Director of OIT for Prince George's County, Md..

Phil Bertolini | Building and Maintaining a Team

Phil Bertolini is the Deputy County Executive and CIO for Oakland County, Mich.

 Jerry Fralick | Assess and Strategize

Fralick is the former CIO of North Carolina -- and current CIO of the Office of Justice Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice, and deputy CIO for the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Vicki Irey | Get Out There!

 Irey is the CIO of Overland Park, Kan.

Gail M. Roper | Expanding my Role

 Roper is the CIO of Raleigh, N.C.

Bill Greeves | Trusting and Letting Go

Greeves is the CIO of Wake County, N.C.


Terry Bledsoe | Investing in People

Bledsoe is the CIO of North Carolina's Catawba County.


Andy Blumenthal | People First, Mission Always

Division Chief of the U.S. State Department, former 
CTO of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms 
and Explosives

Brenda Decker | Expanding My Role

CIO, Nebraska

Harold Tuck | Sparking Innovation

Former CIO, San Diego County

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