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Mayor Appoints New Chief Information Officer and New Deputy Director of Finance 

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the appointment of a new Chief Information Officer to lead the Mayor’s Office of Information Technology (MOIT) and a new Deputy Director of the City’s Department of Finance. The candidates were selected as part of a competitive national search effort.

Mr. Rico J. Singleton, who serves as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the State of New York, has been appointed Chief Information Officer for the Mayor’s Office of Information Technology, effective December 15th. Mr. Henry J. Raymond, a veteran city and state government finance manager, who currently serves as Chief of the City’s Bureau of Revenue Collections, will be promoted to Deputy Director of the Department of Finance, effective today.

“I’m very pleased to announce the appointment of these highly-qualified and professional individuals to two very important posts in City Government,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “Throughout their careers, they have demonstrated a deep knowledge of the inner-workings of complex governmental operations and will be a great addition to the City’s leadership team.”

As the Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer for the State of New York, Mr. Singleton has implemented the State’s information technology efforts to research, explore, test, and deploy new and emerging technologies since 2007. He was responsible for developing the state’s enterprise information technology strategic plan by leveraging investments to deliver more cost-efficient government services. He also oversaw acquisitions of approximately $2 Billion annually in information technology goods and services for over 90 state agencies. Mr. Singleton previously served as Chief Information Officer for the Ohio Treasurer of State from 2001 to 2007, where he led the information technology strategy and operations that supported fiduciary and investment systems for the State’s $175 Billion in assets.

Mr. Singleton was recognized in Computerwork’s Premier 100 IT leaders for 2010, and by US Black Engineer & IT Magazine in 2010. He developed New York's statewide social media strategy - the first statewide strategy of its kind in the county. Called “Empire 2.0”, the strategy promoted government participation in social media communication.

As Chief of the City’s Bureau of Revenue Collections, Mr. Raymond was responsible for planning and managing revenue collections for the City of Baltimore, leading a staff of 120 employees since May of 2008. Mr. Raymond served as Director of the State of Maryland’s Central Collection Unit from 2002 to 2008, where he led a staff of 120 employees throughout the state to increase revenue collection on delinquent accounts. Mr. Raymond has extensive knowledge of the City’s operating budget, as he served as Chief and Deputy Chief of the City’s Bureau of Budget and Management Research from 1997 to 2001, where he prepared and executed the $2.1 billion operating budget. He also served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Baltimore City Public School System from 2001 to 2002 and from 1995 to 1997.

Mr. Michael Barocca, who served as Acting Director of the Mayor’s Office of Information Technology, will remain in the office as Information Systems Division Manager. “I would like to personally thank Michael Barocca for his service as Acting Director of MOIT,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “He did an excellent job, and I’m very pleased that he has decided to stay on and continue his service to the citizens of Baltimore.”

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