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Florida’s First GIO Returns to the Private Sector

Ekaterina Fitos, who was named as the state’s first geographic information officer in December 2017 before transferring to another agency, has left state service to join a civil engineering firm.

by / April 11, 2019
Courtesy Florida Agency for State Technology

Florida’s first-ever geographic information officer (GIO) has returned to the private sector, leaving the state to find a replacement, according to officials.  

When Ekaterina Fitos joined the Agency for State Technology (AST) in December of 2017, she brought a wealth of public-sector experience and had been expected to put together a comprehensive, statewide GIS strategy for the agency. She was also tasked with chairing the state’s enterprise GIS working group.

However, Fitos left the position last year, according to officials. It is unclear exactly when she left state service, though her LinkedIn profile suggests she spent 10 months as GIO for the Department of Environmental Protection before taking a position with Michael Baker International, a civil engineering firm. 

Prior to joining that agency, Fitos served as GIO within AST, but the position was transferred in July of 2018, said AST spokeswoman Erin Choy. 

At DEP, Fitos had worked in the Office of Technology and Information Services — the department that handles IT issues for the agency, said Weesam Khoury, communications coordinator for the agency.   

A representative with the DEP confirmed Fitos had left and that the agency is looking for her replacement. 

“Ekaterina Fitos did leave the agency and we do plan to fill her position,” said Dee Ann Miller, media relations manager for the DEP. “We are currently evaluating options to best fill this position. There is not a lot of additional detail at this time.”

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Lucas Ropek Staff Writer

Lucas Ropek is a staff writer for Government Technology. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and writer in Massachusetts and New York. He received his Bachelor's degree in English from Kenyon College in Ohio. He lives in Northern California.

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