November 24, 2010 – Mayor Nutter announced the departure of Allan Frank, the city’s first Chief Technology Officer who has overseen a major transformation in the city’s information technology infrastructure and personnel.
Mr. Frank will return to the IT industry where over the course of a 35-year career he became a respected regional and national leader. His last day in City government will be on Feb. 1, 2011.
Mayor Nutter also announced that Mr. Frank is not completely severing his public service ties to the City of Philadelphia. Mr. Frank has agreed to serve as chair of a new advisory body, the Mayor’s Advisory Board on Technology.
“Allan has played a vital role in restructuring the City’s IT assets, which in turn will enable the city to reform, streamline and lower the costs of its activities for the benefit of all city residents,” Mayor Nutter said. “Allan has been an outstanding public servant who brought a wealth of insight from the private sector. I’m very pleased that he’s agreed to serve as chair of our new Advisory Board.”
Tommy Jones, the first Deputy CIO, will serve as interim CTO upon Mr. Frank’s departure. The City will begin a nationwide search for Mr. Frank’s successor.
“Working for Mayor Nutter and having the opportunity to advance this Administration’s goals, particularly in government efficiency and public programs in the technology space, has been the most rewarding experience of my career,” said Mr. Frank. “As a private citizen, I want to continue my efforts to help cultivate the technology industry in the City and region as well as to increase digital inclusion and literacy.”
During his tenure as the City’s first CTO, Mr. Frank led an IT reform strategy to consolidate all information technology assets, people, operations and financial resources under the Division of Technology. Previously, IT was spread across 33 operating City agencies. As a result, the City is now better positioned to leverage technology to enable operating departments improve efficiency and effectiveness through investments in technology.
Under Mr. Frank’s leadership, Philadelphia was selected as one of five cities nationwide for Code for America, a nationally recognized fellowship program, focusing on providing private sector technology expertise to cities. Philadelphia will host a group of highly skilled technologists to help design and develop a unique citizen engagement application to better connect, communicate, and collaborate between the City and residents.
Mr. Frank also played a key role for the City and a variety of nonprofits in winning $18 million of Federal broadband stimulus funding to support computer centers, training programs and jobs that serve areas of the City with low levels of broadband subscription.
In his new position as chairman of the Mayor’s Advisory Board on Technology, Mr. Frank will lead the board as it builds a visible and engaged stakeholder group of business, educational and community institutions to drive a technology vision for the future.
The Board will also strive to develop a technology strategy in the five-county Philadelphia region, assist the City in developing new initiatives and best practices and market the City’s tech efforts, including the acquisition of funding for new technology projects.