Mayor Hires Cleveland's First Chief Tech Officer

CLEVELAND (AP) - Mayor Jane Campbell kept a campaign promise by hiring the city's first chief technology officer to manage city hall computer programs and systems.

Campbell (pictured, above) selected Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, who has more than 20 years of experience overseeing computer and information departments, including work at several Fortune 500 companies. She will be paid $124,000 a year.

Campbell introduced Mayberry-Stewart at a news conference Monday.

Mayberry-Stewart will report to the finance director, Robert Baker, who said she would begin by reviewing and upgrading financial programs, including the payroll system.

A Cleveland native, Mayberry-Stewart lives in Brentwood, Tenn., and has been chief executive of a technology consulting company she founded in 1999.

She has five degrees, including a doctorate in Information Technology Management from Claremont Graduate University.

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