Mayor Parker Selects New Leadership for City IT, Fleet Departments

BY: City Of Houston - USA
Post ID: 30629 | POSTED ON: Jan 11, 2012

HOUSTON — Mayor Annise Parker today announced two new directors for the City of Houston’s Information Technology (IT) and Fleet Management Departments. Charles Thompson will head IT while Kenneth Hoglund will oversee Fleet Management.

“We did nationwide searches for both of these positions, including internal candidates, and we picked the best ones,” said Mayor Parker.  “Mr. Thompson has led a team of IT professionals in developing an IT government framework that enabled information technology to be a strategic asset for the City of Phoenix, which we hope will happen in the City of Houston. Mr. Hoglund’s 22 years of extensive experience will be critical for the City of Houston  as we continue our efforts to run leaner and more efficiently, and make sure we have a cost model that is the best we can do.”

Thompson most recently worked as the Chief Information officer for the City of Phoenix in Arizona, leading a team of more than 200 professionals and a budget of $270 million. There, he developed and implemented an IT Governance Model to drive standardiazation, operational efficiencies and optimize business processes. His experience includes working as Chief Information Officer for Orange County and District of Columbia Public Schools, along with an engineering background focusing on systems technologies. He received his Master and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Maryland.

“We will work with a sense of urgency to build partnerships and we will improve the IT Department’s service delivery,” said Thompson. “I look forward to joining the team Mayor Parker has assembled as partners to build a stronger, safer and healthier Houston.”

Hoglund was the Director of Fleet Management for Cintas Corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he managed a fleet of 13,000 vehicles. He has held managerial positions at UPS, DHL, FedEx and Boeing over the past 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle and is expected to receive his Master of Science degree in Finance from Golden Gate University this May.

“It’s a great honor to have the opportunity to join the executive team of the City of Houston and I especially thank Mayor Parker, City Council and the residents of Houston,” said Hoglund. “I look forward to leading the Fleet Department on its journey to becoming a world class fleet operation.”

Both directors’ nominations require confirmation by Houston City Council.

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