Mayor Sullivan names Lance Ahern as Chief Information Officer
Jan. 12, 2011 Contact: Sarah Erkmann 343-7103
Mayor Sullivan names Lance Ahern as Chief Information Officer Anchorage- Mayor Dan Sullivan today announced that Lance Ahern has been named the city’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). Ahern, who most recently worked as a data processing manager for the State of Alaska’s Dept. of Public Safety, began work at the municipality on Jan. 10. He was enthusiastically approved by the Assembly last night.
"Having someone with Lance’s qualifications and abilities on board at the Municipality is giant step forward in implementing the numerous technology efficiency measures we’ve identified,” said Lucinda Mahoney, the Municipality of Anchorage’s (MOA) chief fiscal officer. “Lance is a seasoned professional and proven performer, and will bring strong leadership to this critically important role.”
Prior to his work with the state, Ahern started and managed several IT companies, most famously Internet Alaska, which essentially brought the Internet to the state in the mid-1990s before being purchased by ACS. He also has held various management positions for several technology companies in Anchorage. Ahern’s talents became known to MOA staff last year when he volunteered and led the community effort to submit Anchorage’s application for the “Googifi” contest.
“Lance has been very successful in the private sector, and made real and lasting impacts in the local IT community,” said Mayor Sullivan. “We are immensely pleased that he now wants to modernize and upgrade our local government by applying his skills and championing smart technology. Citizens are well-served when local experts assume the mantle of public service and truly improve customer service.”
Ahern will be responsible primarily for providing the strategic leadership needed to upgrade aging IT infrastructure; replace legacy mainframe systems with state of the art solutions; and provide the change management needed to transition government IT solutions to enable a more efficient government. 2011 specific projects include implementation of an electronic timecard system; an updated financial/human resource system; a new property tax assessment system; and various enterprise-wide operating and maintenance systems.
Ahern studied mathematics at MIT, computer science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Alaska Anchorage.