D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser nominates new technology chief

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (AFGE / Flickr)

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Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Monday that she is nominating her current deputy chief of staff, Lindsey Parker, to serve as the city’s next chief technology officer.

Parker, who has worked for Bowser in various roles since 2014, when the mayor was still a member of the D.C. Council, served as the internal communications director for the cybersecurity company Symantec from 2011 to 2012 before entering government service.

Lindsey Parker (LinkedIn)

“Lindsey will be focused on bringing efficient operations and innovative solutions at [the Office of the CTO],” said Bowser, who began her second term as mayor last week.

At OCTO, Parker will oversee the city’s technology strategy and implementation, and help guide the city’s technology policy. Parker was not available for an interview about her nomination.

Parker will replace Barney Krucoff, D.C.’s chief data officer, who has been serving as interim CTO since January 2018, when the city’s former CTO, Archana Vemulapalli, resigned.

Once Parker is confirmed by the 13-member D.C. Council, Krucoff is expected to return to his focus on geospatial data. He has been a proponent of geographic information systems technology in government since 2004, when he became D.C.’s geographic information officer. He ran the city’s GIS division until 2011.

Bowser announced Parker’s nomination at her first press conference of 2019, along with a re-appointment of Hanseul Kang as state superintendent of education, Lindsay Maxwell as the director of the Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining, Andrew Trueblood as director of the city’s planning office.

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