Feb 3 2015

Five Residents Appointed to Assist City with Information Technology

At its meeting on Monday, February 2nd, the Piedmont City Council appointed five members to the Information Technology Task Force to work with the City’s Information Technology Consultant to help develop a five year strategic plan.

On December 1, 2014, the City Council created an Information Technology (IT) Task Force. The Council solicited applicants for the Task Force and held interviews at its meeting of January 20, 2015. Impressed by the skill and experience of the pool of applicants, the Council decided to increase the membership of the Task Force from three to five after the interviews. The Council took formal action to make the appointments and increase the membership of the Task Force at its meeting of February 2nd.

“I am thrilled and gratified that so many talented residents stepped up to serve our community,” said Mayor Margaret Fujioka. “Technology is a game-changer. It has the potential to not only increase communication, but make government more efficient and accessible. Piedmonters deserve no less.”

The five residents appointed to the Task Force are: Tom Kutter, David Mason, Michael Parks, Poojitha Preena, and Adam Schwartz. Each has extensive experience in Information Technology, ranging from small businesses to companies with world wide presence. The five members will collectively provide insight and perspective on the recommendations of the Consultant and will assist with vetting and prioritizing suggested initiatives.

Meetings of the Task Force will be noticed and open to the public.

At this meeting, the City Council also selected ClientFirst Technology Consulting to develop a five year Information Technology Strategic Plan for the City. With offices around the country, ClientFirst Technology Consulting has a long history of working with small and medium sized cities in several states, including many in California. In the Bay Area they have worked with Cotati, Danville, Dublin, and Healdsburg. Their firm has deep expertise in both strategic planning and operation of governmental IT systems.

“ClientFirst is a deeply experienced firm with expertise in helping cities improve their technology infrastructure and expand its effective use and application,” said City Administrator Paul Benoit. “I have confidence that ClientFirst will do an outstanding job for Piedmont and that they will help us carry forward Mayor Fujioka’s initiative to promote the use of technology in our city government.”

Residents with questions are invited to contact the City Clerk’s office at (510) 420-3040.

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