Mike Foley, CIO of Watercare Services and the winner of the recent CIO of the year Award, has been appointed IS Manager of the new Auckland Supercity. His appointment was officially announced last month.
Foley has been overseeing the ICT aspects of the switch from the eight existing councils to the new Supercity, which is effective from November 1. His official title for his Supercity role is team leader of business processes and systems.
During the transition process, Foley has been working with his former boss at Watercare, Mark Ford, who is executive chairman of the Auckland Transition Agency, the body that is implementing the new Supercity. Before taking up the ATA role, Ford was CEO of Watercare.
The IS manager job to which Foley was appointed was publicly advertised.
When it was first announced that the top IT job at the Supercity would be an IS Manager, who reports to the chief financial officer, former Computerworld editor Rob O’Neill wrote, in an editorial in the magazine, that he believed the job of heading IT at such a large organisation should carry the title of CIO.