March 28, 2008

Daley Names Tony Ruiz City's Chief Technology Operations Officer

Mayor Richard M. Daley today named Tony Ruiz Chief Technology Operations Officer for the City of Chicago.
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Ruiz, who has served as Executive Director of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) since June of 2007, will oversee the coordination of citywide operational processes including the City's global positioning system, electronic inventory system, and the biometric system.

Additionally, in his new role he is charged with ensuring technological uniformity and deployment of new equipment solutions that will allow for increased performance, accountability and uniformity across departments.

"As part of our commitment to better manage government and protect our taxpayers, we continue to identify ways to incorporate management efficiencies into our citywide operations," said Mayor Daley. "Having a point person to coordinate operational uniformity across all departments will help us improve our processes and identify further economies of scale."

Ruiz has spent 13 years at OEMC and has been a key player in the development and implementation of the city's network of security cameras and their integration. He also was in charge of testing and trouble shooting OEMC's computer and fiber network prior to the opening of the 911 Center.

Ruiz also served as the Department of Streets & Sanitation's First Deputy Commissioner where he oversaw numerous technological and operational initiatives.

"Technology has become an integral tool for municipalities to better manage operations and make government processes and services more efficient. Tony is very familiar with the city's technical infrastructure and has the right operational background and technological experience for this job," said Daley

Ruiz graduated from DeVry Institute of Technology with a degree in Electronic Technology. He is an alumnus of Clemente High School.