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Raleigh CIO Sindhu Menon Joins Harris County, Texas, IT

Sindhu Menon has left her CIO position in Raleigh, N.C., for a CIO role in Harris County, Texas, where she will help revamp its IT department. Raleigh CISO Rob Reynolds has taken over interim CIO duties.

headshot of Sindhu Menon
CIO Sindhu Menon
Courtesy of Harris County Universal Services
Harris County, Texas, has hired a new CIO, attracting Sindhu Menon away from Raleigh, N.C., where she had been CIO since June 2021. Raleigh CISO Rob Reynolds has temporarily replaced her in an interim capacity.

Menon is no stranger to Texas, having served as CIO for the city of College Station, as well as enterprise data officer for Houston and senior IT manager for Dallas, according to her LinkedIn.

Menon’s tenure with Harris County began April 2022, and her recruitment is part of the county’s ongoing efforts to turn around its troubled IT operations, according to Rick Noriega, who is executive director of the county’s IT and fleet support department with Harris County Universal Services.

Menon brings much-prized technological expertise, Noriega told GovTech.

“As we’re maturing, we’ve reached the point where, ‘Okay, now it’s time to get someone who’s a proven technologist and leader,’” Noriega said. “[We were] looking for a proven, experienced CIO that had both, ideally, public and private experience and having some experience as a change leader and with large organizations.”

The Universal Services department touted Menon’s track record in a LinkedIn announcement:

“Menon’s career highlights include instituting and leading a citywide Technology Governance Program, instituting a Cybersecurity Program, reducing paper-based processes, generating significant savings through contract management, initiating and leading a Codefest event enabling citizen engagement while promoting entrepreneurship in the region, and receiving the best overall director award for FY19.”

Raleigh, meanwhile, will be soliciting candidates from across the nation to serve as a permanent replacement for Menon. Public Information Officer Julia Milstead told GovTech that the city aims to “post the position in the very near future.”
Jule Pattison-Gordon is a senior staff writer for Government Technology. She previously wrote for PYMNTS and The Bay State Banner, and holds a B.A. in creative writing from Carnegie Mellon. She’s based outside Boston.