First Chief Technology Officer appointed in New Haven, Conn.

Michael Simeone, a seasoned IT professional with over 25 years of experience, has been appointed as the Chief Technology Officer for New Haven, Connecticut by Mayor Justin Elicker. In his new role, Simeone will be responsible for overseeing the city’s technology budget and integrating technology initiatives across different departments.

Simeone expressed his excitement for applying his information technology and cyber security expertise to guide the city’s day-to-day technology operations, support its technology and efficiency goals, and serve New Haven residents in this important role. His appointment comes after a business email compromise last June, where hackers stole $5.9 million in city funds related to a New Haven Public Schools bus contract. The incident was discovered when the company contacted the school district about a missing payment.

As part of his duties, Simeone will work closely with Superintendent Madeline Negron to establish technology strategies and growth plans for the city’s Board of Education. He will also ensure that the city’s systems are secure from cyber threats and that they continue to meet technological advancements.

Simeone recently served as the Chief Information Officer for Bendett & McHugh, P.C., a Connecticut law firm representing large financial institutions. This experience has prepared him well for his new role in New Haven as he brings extensive knowledge of IT infrastructure and security protocols to the table.

Overall, Simeone’s role as the city’s first Chief Technology Officer will play a crucial part in enhancing technological capabilities, ensuring the security of city systems, and supporting the ongoing technology initiatives that will benefit the residents of New Haven.

By Samantha Johnson

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