Charlotte, N.C., hires Houston IT leader as new CIO

Reenie Askew, currently the deputy CIO for Houston, will take the top IT job in Charlotte, succeeding Jeff Stovall, who resigned last September.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina (Wes Hicks / Unsplash)

Reenie Askew, currently the deputy chief information officer for Houston, was hired last week as the new CIO for Charlotte, North Carolina.

As Charlotte’s new CIO, Askew will oversee the city’s information technology department and its “smart city” initiatives.

Reenie Askew (LinkedIn)

“Reenie is known for her ability to effectively manage change and plan roadmaps for the future,” City Manager Marcus D. Jones said in a press release. “She is also a deeply passionate leader who believes in the value of collaboration while reaching shared goals.”


Charlotte has been without a permanent IT leader since last September, when Jeff Stovall, the city’s first CIO, resigned after a decade for an executive job with a health-care payment software company. Brad Dunkle, Stovall’s former deputy, has been serving as interim CIO since Stovall’s departure.

In five years with the Houston government, Askew’s portfolio included running the city IT department’s enterprise application and data analytics programs, cloud management strategies and efforts to increase citizen engagement.

Before working for Houston, Askew was a senior consultant at REKA and Associates, a Houston law firm, and also spent more than two decades in a variety of IT roles for the food-services corporation Sysco. Askew holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from the University of Pittsburgh.

Askew will start her role in Charlotte on March 11.

Betsy Foresman

Written by Betsy Foresman

Betsy Foresman was an education reporter for EdScoop from 2018 through early 2021, where she wrote about the virtues and challenges of innovative technology solutions used in higher education and K-12 spaces. Foresman also covered local government IT for StateScoop, on occasion. Foresman graduated from Texas Christian University in 2018 — go Frogs! — with a BA in journalism and psychology. During her senior year, she worked as an intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and moved back to the capital after completing her degree because, like Shrek, she feels most at home in the swamp. Foresman previously worked at Scoop News Group as an editorial fellow.

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