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Seattle’s incoming CTO reflects on ‘intense’ COVID-19 response in San Jose

On this week’s Priorities podcast, the soon-to-be chief technology officer of Seattle, Rob Lloyd, reflects on his time as the deputy city manager of San Jose, California. As Lloyd looks ahead to his new role in Seattle starting June 24, he shares with StateScoop what attracted him to the job in the Pacific Northwest, including Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell’s Seattle One Plan, a comprehensive plan that lays out the next 20 years of community growth, sustainability and equity. Lloyd says assisting in the execution of this plan‚ which features an emphasis on digital services, was a major attraction. Lloyd also discusses challenges he faced in San Jose, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The fact that we were able to save lives and save livelihoods — just that was two-and-a-half years of such intensity,” Lloyd says.

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Priorities Podcast

Each Wednesday, StateScoop’s Priorities Podcast explores the latest in state and local government technology news and analysis. Listen to in-depth conversations with government and industry’s top executives, and learn about trending stories affecting state and local IT leaders ranging from modernization and digital accessibility to the latest advances in generative artificial intelligence.

Hosted by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop and EdScoop. He's spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins and outs of state and local government, as well as higher education. He started his journalism career in his native Pennsylvania and has also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.