The City of Seattle recently launched its redesigned website, http://www.seattle.gov/, to better connect the public with their government.
“Seattle.gov should reflect the City’s vibrant and innovative spirit,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “Thanks to the hard work of our Department of Information Technology’s Citywide Web team, the updated site makes it easier for the public and businesses to access services, find information, and participate in critical conversations with City government.”
The new website is based on a mobile-friendly design approach and a desire to help visitors find information easily. The new website strives to be user-centric, organizing content primarily by City services instead of City departments.
“The new Seattle.gov makes it easier to access city information any time, especially from the mobile devices increasingly used to request city services,” said Chief Technology Officer Michael Mattmiller. “Using modern tools and technology to connect the public with their government is critical to the civic health of Seattle and we look forward to evolving the new website, adding content and new features that increase user engagement on a regular basis.”
City staff is designing and building the new Seattle.gov over a three-year period, with all City pages updated in phased releases. The initial launch release includes the following:
- New format and layout on:
- Debut of a new News.Seattle.gov service: a one-stop-site of news generated by City departments and elected officials
- New global headers and footers throughout the site
- Responsive mobile navigation
The design of the entire City website will be completed in 2018.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/21/2014
Councilmember Bruce Harrell
City Council Confirms New Chief Technology Officer
SEATTLE – City Council unanimously approved Michael Mattmiller as Chief Technology Officer and Director of the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) today.
“Michael brings new energy and a fresh perspective to solving technology solutions and operating more efficiently,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee. “I look forward to working with Michael to make Seattle the most innovative city when it comes to use of technology in government.”
As CTO, Mr. Mattmiller will manage a department that has about 200 employees and an annual budget of $41.8 million. DoIT is responsible for the City’s main data center, Seattle.gov website, the Seattle Channel, the City’s fiber network, the City’s data and telephone network, the Public Safety Radio network and cable franchises. DoIT develops common standards, architectures and business solutions as part of policy planning to City departments and manages the City’s technology infrastructure to serve Seattle’s residents and businesses.
Mr. Mattmiller most recently worked as a Senior Strategist for Enterprise Cloud Privacy at Microsoft. From 2005 to 2013, he worked in the Washington DC-area on risk assurance and data management consulting work for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mattmiller earned a Masters in Information Systems Technology from George Washington University.
DoIT has three key objectives:
- Serve the information needs of our residents, businesses, NGO partners and visitors to Seattle, with government information and data solutions available across web, mobile and television platforms.
- Lead by providing our internal City customers (employees and departments) innovative communication and information technology solutions that support effective and efficient services to our constituents.
- Make Seattle a national municipal leader in championing technology access and affordability for all the people of our City.
Link to Michael Mattmiller Confirmation Packet
Link to Confirmation Questions & Answers
[View in Council Newsroom]