Philadelphia mayor names new CIO, calls for ‘smart, interconnected’ government

Melissa Scott, a city IT director and project manager, is Philadelphia's new chief information officer.
Melissa Scott
Melissa Scott (City of Philadelphia)

Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parker on Monday announced the appointment of Melissa Scott, a city IT director and project manager, as the city’s next chief information officer.

Scott, who began with the City of Philadelphia in 2015 as an IT director and project manager, is tasked with leading the Office of Innovation and Technology’s strategy and initiatives. According to a press release, Scott has experience in software development, infrastructure, security planning and daily operations management.

“I am honored to lead the City’s technology, innovation, and digital access efforts as its Chief Information Officer,” Scott said in the announcement. “I am confident my experience, expertise in IT management and software development, and passion for collaboration will support my ability to lead the Parker Administration’s technology strategy over the next four years.” 

Former city CIO Mark Wheeler departed the position last July for a role with the U.S. General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Services. Philadelphia Chief Operating Officer Sandra Carter served as interim CIO.


Among her achievements, Scott is credited with leading development and launch of the Philadelphia Office of Licenses and Inspection’s mobile application. 

“My vision for the Parker Administration is a smart, interconnected government, where technology and innovation help produce better, more efficient delivery of services to every resident of Philadelphia,” Parker said in the release. “Given Melissa’s breadth of experience in IT, I’m confident we’ve found the right person for the job. I’m proud to welcome Melissa Scott to our team.”

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