Now-former Chief Data Officer Maksim Pecherskiy has left city service after nearly five years in the role. He says he plans to focus on side projects, which include building custom private-sector software.
(Techwire) — The state’s second-largest city will fill a key data position, a representative of the Mayor’s Office told Techwire, but that process — which aims to be inclusive and well-informed — hasn’t yet begun.
San Diego Chief Data Officer Maksim Pecherskiy’s last day in the office was Friday; but despite heading to Lima, Peru, later this month, he may well remain in municipal gov tech. Among the takeaways:
“I think this concept of working internationally, but at the city level, has been spinning in my head a lot. There’s a range of problems that I now know very well how to solve. I want to see if I can help bring that to ... the city of Lima or wherever it is that I end up being,” Pecherskiy said.
“Kind of different roles and responsibilities, how we’ve grown in terms of the data and analytics capabilities and how we want to project that into the next several years, or as long as we can keep the next person. That will help inform the recruitment process for the successor,” Udrys said. (PandA has 15 total staffers in the new fiscal year, which began July 1, including the CDO and two employees under that position.)
“I think they’re big shoes to fill,” Udrys said. In an email, he credited Pecherskiy for initiating “the culture change necessary to bring data literacy ... to a workforce of over 11,000 employees that led to several independently initiated projects by our city employees.”
“Generally, how I approach software architecture is, what is the simplest thing you can build that solves the highest need use case? You can always make things more complicated. You can always add extra features,” said Pecherskiy, advising potential CDO candidates that the position requires relationship-building and technology chops.
“Bring your tech person along, don’t hide them somewhere,” said Pecherskiy.