Niblock Hired to Help with Detroit Revitalization
Tuesday February 4, 2014
Leadership needs of city’s Information Technology team to be reviewed
Louisville's Chief Information Officer, Beth Niblock, has been hired by the city of Detroit to be its chief information officer and to help implement digital strategy as that city works to remake and revitalize itself.
Her last day with Metro Government is February 14. Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that an evaluation of the leadership needs of Information Technology will be completed before any search process begins. Fischer named Tim Welsh, deputy director, as interim leader for the agency.
"Under Beth's leadership, Louisville has been recognized year after year for its progressive technology -- from Best of Web awards for the city website, louisvilleky.gov, to numerous honors for Best Digital Government," Fischer said. "Detroit is getting a dynamic and effective chief technology officer. Our city thanks Beth for her many years of service."
“It was a difficult decision to leave Louisville, my hometown, but I am energized by the challenge of being a part of the team to rebuild Detroit," Niblock said.
Fischer said Niblock has a solid team at Metro Technology and that the agency is filled with talented employees who will continue their tradition of excellence.
The agency, with 75 employees, is responsible for all aspects of technology for the city including computers, network security, MetroTV, the city website and software development.
Niblock has been with city government for eleven years, coming from the private sector where she worked for Directec.
She was part of a team of people, assembled a few months ago by the White House, and with the consent of Mayor Fischer, to provide assistance and advice to Detroit following its bankruptcy.