Mayor Murray, Councilmember Harrell comment on the resignation of Chief Technology Officer Erin Devoto

Mayor Murray and Councilmember Bruce Harrell offered the following statement on the resignation of Chief Technology Officer Erin Devoto:

“I want to thank Erin Devoto for her work for the City of Seattle over the past 13 years, while at the Parks Department and then the Information Technology department. As the Chief Technology Officer, Erin led the Department of Information Technology and several city-wide technological initiatives, including leasing of the City’s excess dark fiber, migration of all employees to a new email archiving system, creation of a new model for public access television channels, and has laid the groundwork for the efficiencies we’re anticipating with implementation of Microsoft Office 365 in the cloud and consolidation of the City’s data center,” said Mayor Murray.

“Erin was results oriented, leaving behind a successful legacy of building regional partnerships, moving the city towards cloud computing, and implementing city projects to improve customer service and saving the city money,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee.

The Mayor’s office expects to name an interim Director of the Department of Information Technology in the coming weeks, while conducting a more in-depth search for the Chief Technology Officer appointment. This position must be confirmed through the Council’s confirmation process.

The Chief Technology Officer reports to the Mayor and has management oversight of nearly 200 employees and an annual operating budget of more than $79 million.

Seattle Invests in Startups, Naming Rebecca Lovell as Startup Liaison




The city of Seattle’s new startup liaison is a face you’ll likely recognize. The Office of Economic Development announced Thursday that Rebecca Lovell has taken on the newly created role overseeing the Startup Seattle program. “My big initiative this year will be the talent pipeline,” Lovell said. “When I meet with startups, finding talent seems to be one of the biggest throttles to their own growth.” Another important initiative for Startup Seattle, Lovell said, is to reach out to communities that are underrepresented in the startup sector, such as women, people of color and diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.

Rebecca Lovell, Startup Liaison,
City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development

“I love Seattle and the startup community, and couldn’t be more excited to be an advocate for our city. We have so many key ingredients for success, and I look forward to working with community organizations, schools and universities, and future and current startuppers to ensure Seattle is on the international map of innovation where it belongs,” said Lovell. “I’m excited to carry on the great work began by Red Russak, supported by the community.”

“As one of dozens of community volunteers working alongside the city, I’m incredibly excited we’re launching this initiative to ensure competitiveness, benchmark our progress against that of other leading cities, and expand opportunities in technology entrepreneurship,” said Chris DeVore, Startup Seattle advisory committee member and chair of the city’s Economic Development Commission. “Rebecca brings passion, industry experience, and an incredible network to this position, and I very much look forward to working with her in this new role.”

Read the full news release here.

Read more of the coverage here on GeekWire.