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Boston Mayor Appoints New CIO, Chief Digital Officer

According to an announcement from Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, Santiago Garces will become Boston's chief information officer in May. Garces will replace Alex Lawrence, who has served as interim CIO since November.

A detail shot of the Brutalist architecture of Boston City Hall.
Boston City Hall
In May, government IT veteran Santiago Garces will be Boston's new CIO, joining a team that will include Julia Gutierrez, who becomes the city's chief digital officer in April.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu made the announcement about the appointments today.

Garces will take over CIO duties from Alex Lawrence, who has served as interim CIO since November. Garces will bring a lot of experience to the role, having served as CIO in Pittsburgh, Pa., and as chief innovation officer in South Bend, Ind. At present, he is executive director of the Department of Community Investment in South Bend.

The city believes Garces, with his knowledge of IT and dedication to innovation, will be able to help realize the tech-driven aspects of Wu's agenda.

"Technology is essential for delivering great city services — from closing the digital divide, to streamlining city transactions and performing data analytics to improve our operations," said Wu in her announcement.

While Garces will be taking over the reins of the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT), Gutierrez will lead DoIT's Digital Services team, which is responsible for the city's website, the Boston311 mobile app and various other citizen-facing products.

"As a part of this administration, I look forward to reimagining and delivering exceptional government services that are accessible, inclusive and equitable," Gutierrez said in the release.