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Roper leading national council

Gail Roper, chief information officer for the City of Kansas City, Mo., is the new chairwoman of the Public Technology Institute’s Telecommunications and Information Technology Council.

The council is the network of chief information officers and information technology directors representing Public Technology Institute member cities and counties. Roper was named council chairwoman at the conclusion of the fall council meeting Sept. 15, in Charlotte, N.C.

"The council offers a unique opportunity for local government chief information officers to come together and examine many of the pressing technology challenges facing local government today. I look forward to working with my colleagues and sharing their expertise and hard work with cities and counties from across the country," Roper said.

As chairwoman, Roper will provide leadership for the more than 90 local officials on the council who provide oversight for the development of the council's work program and research agenda, and work with council members to keep abreast on the latest issues and trends impacting local government service delivery.

"[The Public Technology Institute] is delighted to have Gail in such an important leadership role. Her commitment and passion to advancing the use of technology in government operations and services are both well-known and well-respected by local government officials around the country,” said Alan Shark, executive director of the Public Technology Institute.

Roper has served as Kansas City's chief information officer since November 2003. Prior to that appointment, she was the director of the City's Information Technology Department. Roper has been responsible for a number of technology initiatives, including initiating a strategic approach that consolidated information technology personnel and functions under the Information Technology Department.

Under her direction, the City centralized the capabilities, organizational structure and management processes of information technology to ensure productivity and efficiency. This effort was a strategic approach to enhance productivity and improve basic services in a cost-effective manner.

Roper’s career with the City also includes positions as deputy director of the Information Technology Department (November 1997 – March 2000) and assistant director of the Information Technology Department (August 1995 – November 1997).

Prior to joining the City, Roper held information technology positions with the City of Austin, Texas, and with the Texas Department of Commerce. Roper has a bachelor’s degree in information systems from Albany Business College in Albany, N.Y.

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