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Philadelphia CIO Departs; COO Tapped as Interim CIO

The city of Philadelphia announced that Chief Information Officer Mark Wheeler is leaving the city, and Chief Operating Officer Sandra Carter has officially started serving as interim CIO this week.

Headshot of Sandra Carter, City of Philadelphia, wearing pink blazer over orange shirt with arms crossed and white background.
Headshot of Sandra Carter, City of Philadelphia.
Image courtesy of the City of Philadelphia.
The city of Philadelphia has announced the departure of Chief Information Officer Mark Wheeler.

Wheeler has been serving as Philadelphia CIO since 2018, when he took over for Charles Brennan. Before that, Wheeler served as deputy CIO and the city’s first chief geographic information officer.

Under Wheeler's leadership, the Office of Innovation and Technology released the SmartCityPHL Roadmap, the city’s IT Strategic Plan and its first-ever Digital Equity Plan.

“I am confident the city is well positioned to continue innovating and leading in the information technology sector,” Wheeler said in the announcement.

Philadelphia Chief Operating Officer Sandra Carter has taken over as interim CIO, officially starting on June 12.

Carter will bring 16 years of public-sector experience to the role, including as deputy CIO for the city. Other positions she held prior to her 2017 appointment as COO include deputy director of communications and public safety, as well as leading the Operations Project Management Office.

“I look forward to continuing to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of operations and government technology as we prepare for a new administration,” Carter said in the announcement.