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Megan Clarke Takes Over as CIO in King County, Wash.

Megan Clarke, former CIO for the city of Burbank, Calif., took over King County’s IT Department in January. She replaced David Mendel, who was with the county for 17 years before serving as interim CIO.

King County, Wash., the 13th most populous county in the U.S. and home to Seattle has new leadership.

Megan Clarke, a longtime CIO for universities and private-sector groups in California, has stepped into the role for King County, a move that was first announced in November. She started Jan. 3.

“It is my belief that when technology rests on a foundation of service and partnership, it offers extraordinary opportunities for connection, collaboration, communication and innovation,” said Clarke in a statement announcing the appointment. “We have many extraordinary experiences ahead.”

Prior to joining King County, she worked as a CIO for Stanford University, the University of Southern California, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, per her official bio.

King County’s previous permanent CIO was Tanya Hannah, who served as CIO from the spring of 2018 to spring of 2022, overseeing the county’s technological response to COVID-19. Hannah now works as the North American CIO for Aon, according to her LinkedIn.

Between Hannah and Clarke, longtime department leader David Mendel was the interim CIO.

“David has provided steady leadership as interim CIO during this transition and King County has benefited from his deep understanding of KCIT services and delivery,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine in the press release.

Mendel worked in the department for 17 years before temporarily leading the department as a division director, project director and communications manager, according to his LinkedIn.