Mayor Hancock Announces Transition of Denver's Tech Services Leadership
Thursday, September 3, 2015
New Tech Advisory Council Created to Boost City’s Digital Systems Improvements
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced that Frank Daidone will step down as the Chief Information Officer (CIO). The Mayor also announced the appointment of Denver’s Chief Technology Officer, Scott Cardenas, to the CIO position, where he will lead Denver’s Technology Services agency responsible for partnering with city departments to deliver an excellent customer experience.
“Raised in southwest Denver, Scott is a homegrown tech leader with tremendous private sector experience in developing strong, diverse teams and managing complex projects,” Mayor Hancock said. “Thirty months ago, Frank began to develop a top tech team, overhaul the city’s digital infrastructure and transform what it means to provide tech services to Denver. I am excited to appoint Scott as the next great leader who will continue Tech Services’ trajectory of growing a talent pipeline and transforming Denver’s digital systems to operate with efficiency and agility.”
In 2013, Cardenas was recruited by Daidone from the private sector to become the city’s Chief Technology Officer. In this position, Cardenas oversaw the implementation of an organizational model to drive innovation, business alignment and architecture into the city’s operations. He also led a team to develop and refine the city’s Cloud First initiative. That team has now moved Denver’s offices of Accounting, Finance and Human Resources to a cloud solution.
“I’m excited and honored to take the helm as the Chief Information Officer for City and County of Denver,” Cardenas said. “The people within our agency are extremely dedicated and we will continue to champion the best interests of our city, and work to be recognized as a high performing team. Through collaboration with other agencies and Denver residents, our focus will be on providing a great user experience and foster innovation to ensure we deliver high-quality results.”
Prior to his time at Tech Services, Cardenas was a Senior Director at EchoStar Corporation, a global provider of satellite operations and video delivery solutions, where his oversaw operations, support and architecture for internal operations and three subsidiaries. He has also worked in tech leadership positions at Denver International Airport, Kiewit and Lewan Technologies and AT&T.
Today, Mayor Hancock also announced a newly-formed council to help ensure the integrity of the agency’s culture of innovation through empowerment and dedication to process maturity through industry best practices.
The Technology Advisory Council, or “TAC,” will provide support and guidance for the existing agency’s leadership as they execute strategic and tactical plans. The TAC will not carry decision-making authority, but will act as a resource to the Mayor and CIO to keep the agency at the leading edge. The Mayor’s Office is currently working to seat the council.