The role of data gatekeeper, chief data officer (CDO), has been gaining steam in the public sector over the last few years. Handfuls of states, cities and counties are bringing on their own chiefs to help agencies position themselves to utilize data in service of their constituents.
When Government Technology first began reporting on the role a few years ago, many who held the title were the first to occupy the post in their jurisdiction. But for many pioneering government organizations, the chief data officer position has matured over time, bringing change and new faces into the CDO office.
In June 2018, longtime Chicago CDO Tom Schenk announced his departure from public service. On the opposite end, San Jose, Calif., recently announced that they wanted to hire their first chief data officer, seeking to strengthen their open data efforts and build partnerships with Silicon Valley companies. With similar goals in mind, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation to create the CDO position at the state level.
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Check out page 2 for the details about each CDO.