Published on June 5, 2024, 9:22 pm

After over three decades of dedicated public service, Rosa Akhtarkhavari, the Chief Information Officer and Deputy Chief Financial Officer of Orlando, is preparing to retire. The City of Orlando recognized her remarkable 32 years of service in a recent LinkedIn post.

Starting in 1992 as an application developer, Akhtarkhavari advanced through various IT roles before being appointed as the CIO in 2010. In 2022, she took on the additional responsibility of deputy CFO. As the city’s top technology official, she managed all aspects of information technology, including cybersecurity, strategy, enterprise architecture, and digital innovation. She was instrumental in introducing cloud technologies, updating the computer-aided dispatch system, and enhancing critical infrastructure.

In 2016, during the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting, Akhtarkhavari played a crucial role by providing essential IT support for public safety operations and managing incoming resources from vendors and community members efficiently. Her leadership and the city’s effective technological solutions enabled a prompt and comprehensive response.

In her role as deputy CFO, Akhtarkhavari oversaw Orlando’s Office of Business and Financial Services by supervising internal financial technology operations such as risk management, real estate, and procurement. The City praised her dedication to enhancing municipal operations and implementing top-tier technology solutions, which have laid a robust foundation for the future.

As she prepares for retirement, the City expressed gratitude for Akhtarkhavari’s contributions: “Her passion for improving city operations and delivering the best technology solutions has created a strong foundation for the future. Rosa will certainly be missed but we wish her the best in her future endeavors,” read the City’s LinkedIn post.

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