City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz today announced the appointment of Luke Stowe as chief information officer for the City of Evanston.

Stowe has been serving as the interim manager of the Information Technology Division since August, has served as digital services manager since March, and before that served as the city’s digital services coordinator beginning in 2012.

Stowe will lead the newly consolidated Information Technology and Digital Services divisions.

Stowe has worked on numerous technology and community engagement projects related to the city website, social media, open data and 311 services.

His most recent focus has been on the upcoming new city website), the transition to Google for city employees’ email and calendars, significant upgrades to the city’s network and infrastructure, recent enhancements to the police and fire departments’ computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system and a new version of the City’s open data portal launching at the end of this month.

Stowe has more than 15 years of government technology experience. He serves on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Social Media Working Group for Emergency Services and Disaster Management and is also a contributor to Government Technology magazine.

“Luke Stowe is the right person to lead the City’s IT and digital initiatives as we further expand our efforts on open data, smart City applications and public safety technology,” Bobkiewicz said. “His ability to collaborate, think broadly and connect technology with people and services will help improve the way the City interacts with residents, visitors and businesses alike for years to come.”

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