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New York State Deputy CIO Rico Singleton to Become Baltimore CIO

Rico Singleton to begin as CIO in Baltimore on December 15.

New York Deputy CIO Rico Singleton announced today in an e-mail that he will be leaving the Empire State to take the position of CIO of Baltimore.

With Singleton’s departure, he will leave behind a laundry list of accomplishments. In April 2009, Singleton helped consolidate all of New York’s state and county IT security contracts with McAfee Inc. into one contract.

Not only did the consolidation save the state money, but it also helped compliance with mobile device encryption requirements from the New York State Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination.

The following September, Singleton worked to improve New York state’s IT security while saving the state $30 million by setting up an enterprise license agreement with Mark Rutledge, director of government strategies for McAfee.

The agreement included 11 products that secure state IT resources end-to-end, including mobile devices. The agreement cost the state $2 million, and allows it to offer unlimited licenses to its agencies.

Singleton created a lot of buzz in June 2009 when he helped launch Empire 2.0, a social networking strategy to encourage New York state agencies to use “Web 2.0, new media, and social collaborative tools and technologies.”

According to the Baltimore Business Journal,  the city’s mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, announced Singleton’s appointment Nov. 19. Singleton will begin his tenure in Baltimore Dec. 15.


Miriam Jones is a former chief copy editor of Government Technology, Governing, Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines.