August 15, 2008
Looking for a CIO job? I just happen to know of one in Austin, Texas, where the CIO recently left for, shall we say, "personal reasons."Austin's CIO, Pete Collins, resigned on Aug. 13, according to several published reports. Apparently Collins was under investigation "over allegations he used city resources for personal gain," according to a story on the Web site of the Austin Business Journal.
Linda Pounds-Adams, a former deputy CIO, has served as acting CIO since Collins went on administrative leave in mid-June, according to the Austin Business Journal story. "The city will conduct a national search for a permanent replacement," the story says. Also, it says this about the demands of the job: Austin's Communications and Technology Management Office has approximately 300 employees and is responsible for technology maintenance, purchases and applications for city departments as well as the city's voice operations. They aren't necessarily looking for someone with a deep technology background, it appears. Collins was an Austin city policeman before he went to work in the city's IT department, according to reports. He was appointed CIO in 2004. Austin City Manager Marc Ott is conducting the job search. His Web site is here. The ironies in this story are so thick and layered, I don't know where to begin. Fill in your own ironic comments, and share with us below.
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