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Kansas City, Mo., CIO David Evans Will Step Down from Role

After four years of serving as the city’s CIO, Evans shared that he will be stepping down at the end of the month. Michael Walker will take over in an interim capacity as a national search is conducted for his replacement.

The Kansas City, Mo., skyline.
Kansas City CIO David Evans shared that he will be stepping down on Jan. 31 via email, capping off four years in the position.

Evans took on the role in April 2018, replacing former CIO Mary J. Miller following her retirement.

A city spokesperson confirmed Evans’ departure, saying, “We wish Mr. Evans the best in his retirement and are grateful for his decades of service to the city of Kansas City.”

Prior to being named CIO, Evans was deputy CIO and a 30-year staffer for the city, during which time he oversaw information technology efforts throughout the organization. He also served as a technical lead for the city’s Google Fiber and Cisco Smart Cities projects.

“David has provided excellent leadership during his tenure, and we are all going to miss his leadership over our citywide IT efforts and oversight of our group of IT professionals,” Yolanda McKinzy, director of General Services, said via email.

As for Evans’ replacement, a city spokesperson said that Michael Walker will take on the role in an interim capacity beginning Feb. 1, while the city conducts a national search for a permanent replacement.

“Walker has over 30 years of experience in leading various municipal government and private-sector IT teams at both the central IT and departmental IT levels,” the spokesperson said. “He has performed these leadership roles at both the CIO and director level as well as in his current role as our IT manager over the customer service section of [the Information Technology Department].”
Katya Maruri is a staff writer for Government Technology. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in global strategic communications from Florida International University.