St. Paul hires state IT expert to be city’s chief information officer

Tarek Tomes has been hired as St. Paul’s new chief information officer, to head the city’s information technology operations.

Tomes has been an assistant commissioner at MN.IT for the past five years. There, he set service strategy for the state’s portfolio of services, including business applications and technology services.

That kind of experience is just what St. Paul needs, Mayor Chris Coleman said:

“Tarek’s experience at the state, as well as his significant experience managing complex issues in the private sector, will be critical assets for our technology department,. The city is currently in the midst of implementing many technology improvements, and Tarek’s strategic and innovative leadership will be key to their success.”

Tomes starts at the city on Feb.  24. He replaces Andrea Casselton, who left the city’s CIO job in September to pursue other opportunities, the mayor’s office said.

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