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Rae D. DeShong

School bond elections across the state of Texas set the stage for millions of dollars in new student devices, classroom tech and networking equipment, among other upgrades.
The city’s chief technology and information security officer of six years will, for now, serve as chief information officer following the retirement Tuesday of CIO Bill Zielinski. The outgoing CIO will head to the private sector.
Chief People and Culture Officer, Texas Department of Information Resources
Melissa Kraft, who has led Dallas County’s IT division since September 2020, will take over the city of Frisco’s Technology Services Department. She announced the move in a recent social media post.
Chris Stewart has moved to an executive advisory role as Kerrica Laake moves into an interim leadership role. The city has also brought its cybersecurity leadership into the central IT department.
Neil Cooke, who has served as interim chief data officer since the departure of Ed Kelly in September, has been selected to fill the position on a permanent basis. He brings more than two decades of IT experience to the role.
The city of Dallas has released a mobile app to help residents navigate potential threats to their smartphones. The tool blocks phishing texts, guards against malicious app downloads and warns against connecting to unsafe networks.