Fulton County, Ga., Appoints Nicole Keaton Hart as CIO

Hart, who was essentially promoted from within, took over tech and innovation work for Georgia’s most populous county in December, following the August departure of former CIO Sallie Wright.

by / January 2, 2019

Fulton County, Ga., the most populous county in the state, has named Nicole Keaton Hart its next CIO, according to the county website.

Hart is a natural pick, having previously served in the same office as deputy chief information officer, where—as the county website points out—she “provided leadership focusing on information security strategy and program development,” both of which seem likely to remain major priorities. Fulton County is home to much of the Atlanta metro area, which gives it a population of more than 1 million residents. Hart was named to the CIO post in December.

Hart is an IT veteran with a career that spans two-and-a-half decades and includes time in the private sector. Before coming to work for Fulton County, Hart was a senior vice president for technology risk and compliance at SunTrust Bank. Currently, Hart is responsible for coordinating Fulton County's preparations related to security in advance of Super Bowl LIII, which will be held in Atlanta next month.

Hart’s predecessor in the role, Sallie Wright, departed in August following nearly three years in the position. Chief Financial Officer Sharon Whitmore was tapped to oversee tech work there while the county conducted a search that ultimately ended with elevating Hart from within.