A Good fit
Phoenix City Manager Frank Fairbanks named Charles Terrell Thompson Sr., the city's CIO and director of the Information Technology Department. Thompson will manage a $9.9 million budget and 214 employees in a department responsible for the city's computer and wireless networks, as well as its radio and telephone systems. Thompson previously served as CIO of the Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla., where he led a staff of more than 300 IT professionals supporting more than 200 facilities.
Leave IT to Levin
Another big city CIO announcement comes from Los Angeles where Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Randi Levin as chief technology officer and general manager of the Los Angeles Information and Technology Agency. Levin served at NBC Universal as vice president and group information officer, and was in charge of implementing the company's intranet, managing a Sarbanes-Oxley program for proper corporate accountability and creating several new IT programs that improved the entertainment company's efficiency.
Lisa Schlosser, CIO of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, received the 2007 Executive Leadership Award, presented by the Association For Federal Information Resources Management. The award is given annually to the individual who "exemplifies outstanding leadership in information technology management in the government."
Top of Class
John Suffolk, CIO of the United Kingdom, was recognized as one of the top CIOs in the UK's public sector by Silicon.com, a British digital magazine. Suffolk was cited for keeping "the use of shared services in line with the efficiency agenda and building the government's in-house capability to deliver big projects by creating a genuine IT profession and career ladder in the public sector." In an interesting side note, the magazine noted that Suffolk "runs a farm protecting rare breeds of sheep and pigs. In true Animal Farm style, some of the pigs are named after chief executives and royalty."
In and Out
In Cook County, Ill., Antonio "Tony" Hylton replaced outgoing CIO Catherine Maras-O'Leary. Prior to his new position, Hylton worked as a consultant and adviser to the mayor of Aurora, Ill., to develop a citywide technology infrastructure plan. Maras-O'Leary, who recently had a child, has not announced her next move.
Leading the Pack
The Arlington County, Va., Department of Technology Services has been recognized by CIO magazine for revolutionizing public safety and emergency operations across the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region with the nation's first Emergency Technology Support Unit (ETSU), a new classification of mobile command vehicle designed specifically for emergency and field operations. Jack Belcher, Arlington County CIO, said, "The ETSU is the embodiment of the critical role technology plays in the response of the community to an emergency. Integrated voice, data and video are now recognized by our first responders as essential tools in the response to an emergency."