Published on April 2, 2024, 8:32 pm

Voting is now open for the 2024 StateScoop 50 Awards. Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parker recently appointed Melissa Scott, a city IT director and project manager, as the new chief information officer. Scott, who joined the City of Philadelphia in 2015, brings a wealth of experience to her new role, where she will be responsible for leading the Office of Innovation and Technology’s strategic initiatives.

With a background in software development, infrastructure, security planning, and daily operations management, Scott expressed her enthusiasm for her new position by stating, “I am honored to lead the City’s technology, innovation, and digital access efforts as its Chief Information Officer. I am confident my experience and passion for collaboration will support my ability to lead the Parker Administration’s technology strategy over the next four years.”

Mark Wheeler, the former city CIO, left his position last July for a role with the U.S. General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Services. During this transition period, Philadelphia Chief Operating Officer Sandra Carter stepped in as interim CIO.

One of Scott’s notable accomplishments includes spearheading the development and launch of the Philadelphia Office of Licenses and Inspection’s mobile application. Mayor Parker highlighted her vision for a technologically advanced government that enhances service delivery to all residents of Philadelphia. She expressed confidence in Melissa Scott’s capabilities by saying, “Given Melissa’s breadth of experience in IT, I’m proud to welcome her to our team as our new Chief Information Officer.”

The appointment of Melissa Scott embodies a step towards advancing technological innovation within Philadelphia under Mayor Cherelle Parker’s administration.


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