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New CIO sought to manage ICT reform program at NSW Police

by Paris Cowan •
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The NSW Police Force is looking for a new Chief Information Officer (CIO) to replace Julie Roberts, following an extensive review of ICT at the law enforcement agency.

“Following a major review of the NSWPF information and communication technology environment, on both a strategic and governance level, the organisation is seeking to appoint a new Chief Information Officer with a strong remit for the strategic realignment and refreshment of ICT,” states the job advertisement.

The new CIO will be expected to oversee the implementation of a new ICT Strategy and reforms to ICT governance.  “[This] will represent a significant shift in thinking and capability, positioning ICT as a key asset and enabler for the organisation in fulfilling its intent as a world class Police Force,” the advertisement says.

“Reporting to the Deputy Commissioner Corporate Services, the CIO will lead an ICT organisation of over 350 people, supported by a budget of $110 million, serving a significant user base spread over 450 locations,” it says. 

The new strategy the CIO is expected to deliver will inevitably be informed by the history of COPS 2.   The first overhaul of the Computerised Operational Policing System started in August 2003 with an ambitious scope and a budget of $53 million. NSW Police was back in the market for a second COPS Modernisation by July 2008.  The original intended end date for this modernisation was originally stated as being 2013.

Roberts held the CIO role at Police from 3 October 2006, and thus inherited the original COPS 2 project, and was responsible for initiating and driving the COPS Modernisation project.  She also survived the ‘machinery of government’ changes which took place under the previous Labor Government where the Police and Emergency Services super department was  first created and then almost immediately disbanded, as well as the emergence of the NSW Police Shared Services unit.

Superintendent Christopher Clark has been the Acting CIO since 1 July this year. He was formerly the Acting Principal at the NSW Police College.

The Police Force is not alone in its pursuit of a new CIO.  While the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) CIO Kerry Holling finished work at the agency on 8 July this year to take up the CIO role at the University of Western Sydney, the agency has only now begun advertising the role publicly.

And at Attorney General and Justice, Olivia Simons has been the Acting Director of Information Services since Walter Cellich left in October 2010 to become the Manager, Information Services at the City of Sydney. 

David Kennedy has become the CIO of the Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Service (DTIRIS). He was in charge of ICT at Communities NSW until the department was dissolved by the incoming Coalition Government and its functions were split between the Department of Education (now Education and Communities) and DTIRIS.

Kennedy has had a number of technology roles in the NSW public sector.  Prior to joining Communities NSW he was CIO role the Office of State Revenue and before that the General Manager – Technology Operations at the NSW Police Force.

The successful candidates at FACS also assume a seat on the recently established ICT Leadership Board, which will be responsible for the implementation of a new ICT Strategy for the state government. It is still unclear who will represent Police, which falls within the Attorney General and Justice cluster.

The Leadership Board will report directly to an ICT Board made up the Directors-General of seven departmental clusters.

Applications for the NSW Police Force role close Thursday 1 September 2011.

Applications for Family and Community Services role close Friday 26 August 2011.


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