Carole Post, New York City’s CIO and commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT), was named the 2011 New York State Public Sector CIO of the Year on Wednesday, April 6. The annual award recognizes CIOs who demonstrate exemplary leadership, strategic vision, innovation and collaboration.

The award was announced during this year’s New York State CIO Academy in Albany, an annual two-day conference for the state’s agency CIOs and private-sector executives. The event is hosted by Government Technology’s parent company, e.Republic.

Post was appointed to her position by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in December 2009 and officially took office in January 2010. She is the first woman to hold the position.

Since her appointment, Post has overseen the Citywide IT Infrastructure Services (CITIServ) program that will consolidate more than 50 of the city’s data centers, which is anticipated to save the city’s taxpayers $100 million over the next five years.

“As CIO of New York City, Commissioner Post has presided over the execution of Executive Order 140 and the initiation of the Citywide IT Infrastructure Services, or CITIServ program. These are two of the Bloomberg administration’s signature 2010 IT achievements,” said award presenter Jon Fyffe, publisher of Public CIO magazine.

Executive Order 140 authorized the DoITT to centralize the coordination of IT planning and policy for the city.

In 2010, Post led negotiations for a citywide licensing agreement with software vendors to consolidate dozens of disparate contracts across the city. The agreement is projected to save the city $68 million over five years.

Last year Post helped the DoITT complete negotiations with software provider McAfee to procure enterprise workstation security software for a five-year term, according to a DoITT budget report. The agreement is estimated to save $18 million.

Post’s work also supports NYC Simplicity, Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith’s citywide initiative to simplify and streamline the city’s government.

“Each day, DoITT’s work touches every aspect of New York City’s mission,” Post said during the ceremony via Web broadcast. “And while our charge is simple, we use technology to empower New Yorkers.”

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In 2008, Sarah Rich graduated from California State University, Chico, where she majored in news-editorial journalism and minored in sociology. Since 2010, Sarah has written for Government Technology magazine and covers a spectrum of public-sector IT topics, including cloud computing, transparency, broadband, and other innovative projects and trends. She currently lives in Sacramento, Calif.