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Denver Hires Chief Data Officer, Looking for New Cyber Chief

Assuming the role of chief information security officer is filled before December, each of Denver’s three top officials for IT, cybersecurity and data will have been in their roles for less than 18 months.

The combined city-county government of Denver has made key staff changes in its Technology Services Department over the past six months.

Denver hired a new chief data officer, Paul Kresser, in March. According to his LinkedIn profile, he had previously been the chief performance management officer for Denver’s Community, Planning and Development Department, where he used performance metrics and data visualization to inform planning and decisions.

Prior to that, Kresser worked for the city of Boston for almost nine years, where he started as a management analyst for the Office of Budget Management, then an IT business analyst and then the director of administration and finance for the city’s Department of Innovation and Technology.

According to a job posting from July 29, Denver is also in the market for a new chief information security officer. The posting says the CISO will advise the chief information officer, assess and coordinate the city’s cybersecurity, oversee related projects, and try to improve cybersecurity in categories of reliability, innovation, access and partnership.

A regular top-10 winner in Government Technology’s annual Digital Cities survey, Denver is dealing with population growth and emerging technology with a dedicated funding stream for technology innovations, a new Enterprise Data Management system, a Protected Privacy Data Policy and ongoing staff training.

Denver’s CIO David Edinger, whose LinkedIn profile says he has been in that role since June 2018 and employed by the city since 2008, declined requests for an interview.