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Melissa Bridges to Leave Role With Little Rock, Ark.

Melissa Bridges, the first performance and innovation coordinator for Little Rock, Ark., has announced on social media that she will be leaving her position to join the private sector.

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Melissa Bridges has announced her forthcoming departure from her role as the first performance and innovation coordinator for Little Rock, Ark.

Bridges stated on Twitter yesterday that she will be joining Socrata, a software company focused on data management.

Bridges' last day with the city is being finalized, but it will likely be Nov. 19, she told Government Technology in an email.

Her role with the city is currently a one-man operation, Bridges explained, so the choice for a replacement is still being determined.

She noted that the city’s HR department is in the process of updating the job description to reflect the various functions that have been a part of the role under Bridges’ leadership. Essential functions of the position — namely the administration role for the city’s data sites — will be transferred to another staffer until a replacement is hired.

The timeline for hiring a replacement has yet to be determined, she said.

Bridges detailed that the position was created in 2017 through the work being done with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities. The initial goal was to expand the position into an office to build on the culture of data, performance and innovation.

Before her position was created in 2017, Bridges worked for the city in other capacities, including a role with the mayor's office and a stint as a network security manager. As performance and innovation coordinator, she has helped the city move the needle on open data efforts.
Julia Edinger is a staff writer for Government Technology. She has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Toledo and has since worked in publishing and media. She's currently located in Southern California.
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