IE11 Not Supported

For optimal browsing, we recommend Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers.

Harris and Dallas Counties Searching for Additional IT Leaders

One county has created a CTO position; the other continues to be down a CIO but has advertised for an assistant director.

Three large local government entities are in transition as they seek leaders for their IT divisions.

Harris and Dallas counties, the state’s largest, are actively seeking applicants for their No. 2 positions, while the Tarrant Appraisal District has an interim CIO.

Harris County is looking for a chief technology officer, its newest leadership role, after Sendhu Menon was named the county’s Universal Services executive director and chief information officer. The combined role was created for her after she was CIO and then interim executive director within the division.

The CTO will report to Menon as part of the core leadership team, according to the online job posting. Universal Services has 11 divisions that serve more than 17,000 full-time staff and 4.7 million residents.

The role requires a strategic thinker who has technical insight and analysis and can lead with influence, according to the posting. The salary is not listed. The closing date is Nov. 30.

Dallas County recently advertised for an assistant chief of IT operations who will manage and oversee the county data center, network and disaster recovery program. The Office of Information Technology supports more than 6,000 users and 3,000 desktops, according to the posting, and the assistant chief pay range starts at more than $130,000 per year.

IT operations, according to the county budget, has about 140 full-time employees and a $42.6 million budget. The county has 2.6 million residents.

There still wasn’t word at the first of the month whether the county has started looking for a replacement CIO, a position vacant since July. County administration wasn’t available Thursday to respond to a request for comment.

Tarrant Appraisal District (TCAD) has named an interim information systems director, according to a spokesperson. Former Information Systems Director Cal Wood was terminated in August.

TCAD hasn’t advertised for an IS director, who oversees five managers in an 18-person department. The interim director’s name wasn’t disclosed, nor is the selection obvious in the board’s meeting minutes.
Rae D. DeShong is a Dallas-based staff writer and has written for The Dallas Morning News and worked as a community college administrator.