Nutter to appoint 1st chief innovation officer

Posted: August 12, 2011

MAYOR NUTTER was expected to announce today that he has appointed New Jersey's chief innovation officer, Adel Ebeid, as the city's first chief innovation officer.

Slated to start Aug. 22, Ebeid will be responsible for developing and managing strategy and daily operations of all technology and information services.

The position was known as chief technology officer when the former head of the Division of Technology, Allan Frank, departed in February. He oversaw a consolidation of the city's information-technology operations. During his time in City Hall, Frank said the city's infrastructure was outdated and cumbersome, telling the Daily News last year that it was a "1995 to 1997 network."

The Division of Technology has a $64 million general-fund budget this year and 262 staffers, according to the city's five-year financial plan.

Ebeid was not available for comment last night.

Information was unavailable yesterday as to how much Ebeid would be paid for his new gig, but Frank's salary was a whopping $209,000, which, at the time, was the second-highest paid by the city.

Ebeid started at the New Jersey position in March 2006 and was responsible for the state's technology, including infrastructure services, application development and maintenance, enterprise architecture, e-government services and geographic-information systems, leading a team of more than 800. He is one of four executive directors on the board of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.

Nutter has been committed to improving the city's technology infrastructure, pledging $120 million in capital funds toward the effort.

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