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Published on May 31, 2024
Mayor Harrell Appoints Tech Veteran Rob Lloyd as Seattle's Interim Chief Technology OfficerSource: City of Seattle, Washington

Mayor Bruce Harrell has tapped tech guru Rob Lloyd as Seattle's interim top tech honcho. The announcement, made on May 30th, closes the chapter on a nationwide hunt for a candidate fit to steer the emerald city's technological future. Lloyd's appointment as Chief Technology Officer and Director of the Information Technology Department comes with hefty ambitions as the city strives to be a polestar in governmental tech utilization.

Former Deputy City Manager of San Jose, Lloyd carries a loaded resume with previous C-suite roles in multiple cities and a litany of awards to his name. This isn't just a step up for Lloyd—it's a leap for the City of Seattle, aiming to advance its tech stature. “Seattle is a world-leading technology hub, and I am excited for Rob to join the team and support our One Seattle vision to be a world-leading government in the use of technology to better serve our communities,” Harrell proclaimed, as per Seattle Information Technology.

Lloyd’s track record showcases leadership roles in Arizona, Oregon, and Colorado, and a pendant for smart city initiatives that earned San Jose back-to-back #1 spots in the Digital Cities Awards. His new position in Seattle is not just another notch on the belt, but a testament to years of experience and a dedication to public service. “It is a privilege to join the City of Seattle and the Seattle community. The One Seattle Initiatives are compelling as they take on the challenges of today’s big cities in a direct, smart way,” Lloyd said, per Seattle Information Technology.

Reactions to the appointment are a parade of affirmations from various high echelons of tech and government. Seattle's outgoing Interim CTO Jim Loter lauded, “He is an experienced innovator with a national reputation for strong leadership. I’m excited to work with him and I welcome him to the City of Seattle.” Mark Ronaldson from Amazon Web Services chimed in with praise for Lloyd’s knack for spurring innovation and enhancing public services. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Barb Wilson gushed over the shared vision of digital equity with Lloyd. “His convening of a multi-city collaborative has helped accelerate the responsible adoption of AI across the country,” Wilson remarked, as cited by Seattle Information Technology.

The selection process, kicking off this spring and culminating with over 300 applications, was no small feat. With rigorous screening, and engaging City employees, and labor partners, four finalists faced off before Harrell made his pick. Lloyd is set to inherit a department known as much for its digital equity programs as for keeping the technological gears of the city running smoothly.

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