Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer Appoints Rosa Akhtarkhavari to Deputy Chief Financial Officer
City Launches Nationwide Search to Appoint new Chief Information Officer to Fill Akhtarkhavari’s Former Role
February 9, 2022 – Orlando, FL – In October 2021, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer appointed Rosa Akhtarkhavari, former Chief Information Officer, as Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the City of Orlando.
“Having served with the City for nearly 30 years and serving as our chief information officer for the past 11 years, Rosa’s knowledge of utilizing technology to provide critical services for our city government and our residents will be instrumental as we look to the future and solidify our place as a connected, resilient and innovative city,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “She will also be critical in our search to identify and select our next Chief Information Officer and we are thankful for her vast experience and expertise in this search.”
In her new role, Akhtarkhavari will assist in directing the operations of the Office of Business and Financial Services supporting the CFO in overseeing Finance, Technology, Innovation, and internal functions (Risk Management, Real Estate, Fleet, Facilities, and Procurement). A critical focus of Akhtarkhavari’s will be expanding Mayor Dyer’s Smart City vision and road map, guiding the Information Technology Department to plan for the future and to further serve the city and its residents with easily accessible, data driven initiatives, programs and policies. Several key projects she will lead initially, include a police data initiative to increase transparency and a broadband expansion initiative focused on providing equitable access to high-speed internet connectivity for all residents.
“The City of Orlando is on a remarkable path to continue innovating and making change to benefit all our residents in an equitable manner and for years to come and it’s exciting to be able to continue that work in my new role,” said Akhtarkhavari. “It’s also important that we continue to elevate the role of technology and data in all that we do and finding the next leader to work with in this area is a critical focus of mine and the organization as a whole.”
With the elevation of Akhtarkhavari, the City of Orlando has launched a nationwide search to appoint a new full-time Chief Information Officer. That search is underway through an executive firm contracted with the city.
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For interview opportunities, please contact Samantha Holsten, City of Orlando Public Information Officer, at 321-418-9361 (cell) or Samantha.Holsten@orlando.gov (email).