Technology staffing changes are abound in St. Louis as the city sets out to identify digital divides and new opportunities for tech. St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson appointed Robert Gaskill-Clemons as the city's first CTO earlier this month alongside the appointment of Cindy Riordan, who will serve as the new chief information officer. Both have already started in their positions, Government Technology reports.
Previously, Gaskill-Clemson has served as the Statewide Enterprise Technology Architect for the State of Washington and held technology consulting positions with the American Red Cross and U.S. Military. In his new role, Gaskill-Clemson will seek to "lead initiatives to explore how technology can be used to improve quality of life for citizens," and "serve as the point person in developing partnerships between the City and St. Louis’s growing tech and innovation sectors," according to a press release.
Riordan, who has worked with the St. Louis government for 23 years, will lead the city's Information Technology Services Agency (ITSA) with the aim to "focus on improving technology used by City employees, look for additional ways that ITSA can support different City departments, and create tools to assist department heads in data-driven decision-making," the release notes.
“With the help of Cindy and Robert, we will be ensuring that St. Louis is making the best use of 21st century technology for our 21st century city,” said Mayor Lyda Krewson in the press release. “That means improving how residents get information and assistance from city government, streamlining the way city departments and agencies work together, using tech solutions to solve public problems, and making sure that residents and businesses in all parts of our city have access to the technologies that will help them succeed.”