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SUBJECT: Mayor Mike McGinn appoints Erin Devoto as Director of the Department of Information Technology

1/7/2013  10:00:00 AM
Kristen Glundberg-Prosser  (206) 386-0049

Mayor Mike McGinn appoints Erin Devoto as Director of the Department of Information Technology
Devoto has served as acting director since May 2012, was deputy director since 2007

SEATTLE - Today Mayor Mike McGinn appointed Erin Devoto as Director of the Department of Technology. Devoto has served as the acting chief technology officer and the acting director of the Department of Information Technology since May 2012, where she previously served as the deputy director since 2007. The mayor's appointment is subject to confirmation by the City Council.

"Erin has successfully advanced our broadband initiative by thinking creatively and forging new partnerships in both the public and private sectors," said McGinn. "I look forward to continuing to work with her and urge the Council to confirm her appointment."

Devoto most recently has worked as the Mayor's lead advisor on the City's efforts to build next-generation fiber-optic broadband in Seattle. Last month, McGinn announced that the City of Seattle had reached an agreement with broadband developer Gigabit Squared to develop and operate an ultra high-speed fiber-to-the-home/fiber-to-the-business broadband network. The plan will begin with a demonstration fiber project in twelve Seattle neighborhoods and includes wireless methods to deploy services more quickly to other areas in the city. The initiative, leveraging the City of Seattle's excess fiber capacity, the expertise of Gigabit Squared, and the community leadership of The University of Washington, aims to stimulate business opportunities, spur advancements in health care, education, and public safety, and enhance quality of life for the residents and businesses of Seattle.

The Department of Information Technology has 192 employees and an annual budget of $49 million. The department is responsible for the City's main data center, website, The Seattle Channel, the City's fiber network, the City's data and telephone network, the Public Safety Radio network, cable franchises, and technology oversight and planning.

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