May 22, 2024 4:48 pm
First Chief Technology Officer appointed in New Haven, Conn.

As the city’s first Chief Technology Officer, Michael Simeone will play a crucial role in enhancing technological capabilities and ensuring the security of city systems. Recently appointed to this position by Mayor Justin Elicker, Simeone brings over 25 years of IT experience to the role, having most recently served as Chief Information Officer for Bendett & McHugh, P.C., a Connecticut law firm representing large financial institutions.

In his new role, Simeone will be responsible for overseeing the city’s technology budget and integrating technology initiatives across different departments. He will work closely with Superintendent Madeline Negron to establish technology strategies and growth plans for the city’s Board of Education. Simeone is excited about applying his information technology and cyber security expertise to guide the city’s day-to-day technology operations, support its technology and efficiency goals, and serve New Haven residents in this important role.

The appointment of Simeone comes after a business email compromise last June, where hackers stole $5.9 million in city funds related to a New Haven Public Schools bus contract. The incident was discovered when the company contacted the school district about a missing payment. This incident highlights the importance of having an experienced CTO in place to ensure the security of city systems and prevent such incidents from happening in the future.

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