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Dallas fishes for a chief innovation officer

March 8, 2018

The trend of fostering innovation in government is thriving in Dallas city government, where a job posting for a “chief innovation officer” is scheduled to close next week.

The city says in the posting that it seeks someone “able to work across the organization to foster an improved culture of innovation, accessibility, efficiency and accountability.” The listing fits a nationwide trend of performance management and process improvement in government that first came into vogue about 10 years ago, when the first chief innovation roles first began emerging in state and local government technology offices.

The chief innovation officer will work with Chief Information Officer Bill Finch, who has been with the city for nearly 16 years, and assist with work on a smart cities Living Lab project at the city’s West End.

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