New Haven, Conn., appoints first chief technology officer

New Haven, Connecticut, appointed Michael Simeone as chief technology officer after a business email compromise last June.
New Haven, Connecticut
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New Haven, Connecticut, Mayor Justin Elicker this month appointed Michael Simeone, who most recently worked in a technology role for a law firm, as the city’s first chief technology officer.

In the new role, Simeone will oversee the city’s technology budget and help integrate technology initiatives across the city. As chief technology officer, a position housed within the mayor’s office, Simeone will also work with Superintendent Madeline Negron to establish the technology strategies and growth plans for the city’s Board of Education.

“I look forward to applying my information technology and cyber security expertise to guide the City’s day-to-day technology operations, help support the City’s continued technology and efficiency goals, and most importantly to serve New Haven residents in this critical role,” Simeone said in a press release.

His appointment follows a business email compromise last June in which hackers stole $5.9 million in city funds related to a New Haven Public Schools bus contract. Officials discovered the incident when the company contacted the school district to inquire about a missing payment.


According to the city, Simeone has more 25 years of IT experience and recently served as chief information officer for Bendett & McHugh, P.C., a Connecticut law firm that represents large financial institutions.

Sophia Fox-Sowell

Written by Sophia Fox-Sowell

Sophia Fox-Sowell reports on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and government regulation for StateScoop. She was previously a multimedia producer for CNET, where her coverage focused on private sector innovation in food production, climate change and space through podcasts and video content. She earned her bachelor’s in anthropology at Wagner College and master’s in media innovation from Northeastern University.

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