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NYC Tech Officer to Depart, NYPD Deputy IT Chief to Take Over

New York City CTO John Paul Farmer has announced his departure from the position. Mayor-elect Eric Adams, who takes office in January, has named NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology Matt Fraser to the role.

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New York City CTO John Paul Farmer announced his departure from the position in an email Thursday.

Mayor-elect Eric Adams, who will take office in January, has named Matt Fraser to take on the role of CTO for his administration.

Fraser, currently serving as the New York City Police Department (NYPD) deputy commissioner of information technology, will be the fourth CTO for the city.

His prior experience includes both public- and private-sector roles, according to his LinkedIn page. Most recently, he served as the director of consulting services for Gartner. Before that, he worked in an array of technology-related roles for both the NYPD and the city of New York.

Farmer will work with Fraser in the coming weeks to prepare for a smooth transition of responsibilities.

Farmer began his work in the position with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration in June 2019 after working for Microsoft as the director of technology and civic innovation.

In his email, Farmer notes his pride in the progress made during his service, details of which are highlighted in the NYC CTO 2021 Impact Report. Some notable examples he mentioned included strategizing for the responsible use of artificial intelligence, the NYC[x] Innovation Fellows program and the formation of a Cities Coalition for Digital Rights.

“They say that public service is like a relay race, and now it is time for me to pass the baton,” Farmer wrote.