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Boston CIO David Elges to Depart Amid Administration Change

Elges announced that he will be leaving city service later this month after three years in the position. His impending departure comes on the heels of the election of a new Mayor Michelle Wu.

David Elges is stepping down as CIO of Boston, departing “after the Thanksgiving holiday,” he confirmed to Government Technology in an email.

Elges announced the move in a Nov. 19 tweet that stated, “As all good things must come to an end, so must my time in the city of Boston as we make way for a new leadership team. Thank you for the opportunity to serve this great iconic city over the past 3 years.”

Elges began his term in late 2018, at the appointment of then-mayor Marty Walsh.

The city recently came under a new mayor, with former City Councilor Michelle Wu swearing in this month. Walsh departed in March 2021 to become the U.S. secretary of labor.

Elges came to Boston with 15 years of experience in IT, including two years as CIO of Washington, D.C.’s Child and Family Services Agency. As he set into the work in Boston, he told GovTech during his first year that he wanted to focus on improving the city’s ability to rebound from a significant cyber event. He also said he hoped to make the city’s IT infrastructure more resilient against the impacts of climate change and to recruit more young professionals into government.

The city declined to comment on his departure, deferring instead to his Twitter post.
Jule Pattison-Gordon is a staff writer for Government Technology. She previously wrote for PYMNTS and The Bay State Banner, and holds a B.A. in creative writing from Carnegie Mellon. She’s based outside Boston.