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Arizona’s Largest County Has a New Permanent CIO

Longtime Maricopa County IT leader Richard McHattie will fill the role left open when former CIO Ed Winfield retired earlier this year. McHattie brings more than 15 years worth of public-sector experience to the role.

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Richard McHattie has been hired as the new CIO for Maricopa County, Ariz.

He previously served as the chief technology and innovation officer for the Maricopa County Clerk of the Superior Court.

According to the Maricopa County website, McHattie has more than 15 years of experience in public-sector IT and is the recipient of several national awards. He’s worked for Maricopa County for more than 13 years including a stint as the interim chief information officer in 2017.

Before working in the public sector, he was a business development executive for the energy industry where he assisted the development of energy efficiency upgrades and complex co-generation projects for manufacturing and industrial customers.

According to his LinkedIn profile, McHattie started the new position on May 15.

“Excited to join a great team working to advance the county’s digital transformation,” McHattie wrote in a post.

According to the Maricopa County website, McHattie’s passion is leveraging newer and emerging technologies to transform service delivery and customer experience.

Former Maricopa County CIO Ed Winfield retired in March, and according to his LinkedIn profile he now works as an IT consultant. CISO Lester Godsey served as acting CIO following Winfield’s departure.