Tanya Hannah Named CIO of King County, Wash.

Hannah has been serving as interim CIO since the departure of Bill Kehoe.

by / April 6, 2018
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Tanya Hannah will continue a commitment to growing innovation and partnerships as she takes the helm of the King County Department of Information Technology in Washington as chief information officer. Selected following a nationwide search that garnered more than 300 applicants, Hannah will lead a team of 450 employees. 
 
Hannah, pictured at left, has been serving as interim CIO since October, following the departure of Bill Kehoe, who now serves as CIO for Los Angeles County, Calif. She previously worked in senior management at Amazon and Computer Sciences Corp. before first joining King County in June 2017 as deputy director of the IT Department. Hannah begins her new official CIO position Monday, April 9.
 
“Our customers get world-class service from the tech giants in their own community. They expect nothing less from their government,” said Hannah in a statement.
 
Hannah could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.
 
King County, with a population of nearly 2.2 million residents and home to Seattle, earned a first place ranking in the Center for Digital Government’s* 2017 Digital Counties Survey. The county was singled out for its use of cloud technology, yielding cost savings and reducing greenhouse gases by virtualizing servers and decommissioning mainframe computers.
 
Over the last several years, the King County IT department was reimagined by Kehoe into a consolidated, enterprise organization. Hannah will likely continue to develop the department along those lines.
 
“Tanya’s role is to take us to the next level with customers and products, services and capability delivery,” said Jamie Holter, communications manager for King County IT. 
 
“Our award-winning team of IT professionals has established King County as a national leader in using technology to improve the quality of life in our community,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine in a statement. “Tanya has exactly what I wanted for our next Chief Information Officer: The proven ability to lead creative, innovative teams committed to continuous improvement.”

*The Center for Digital Government is part of e.Republic, Government Technology's parent company.
Skip Descant Staff Writer

Skip Descant writes about smart cities, the Internet of Things, transportation and other areas. He spent more than 12 years reporting for daily newspapers in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and California. He lives in downtown Sacramento.