UPPER MARLBORO — Prince George’s County will bring in a new chief technology officer/chief information officer from Fairfax County, Virginia to fill in the position in this county beginning July 5.
Wanda Gibson has served the Fairfax County government since 1999, and throughout her illustrious career, she has served in numerous positions while spearheading initiatives that have benefitted the technology sphere in Virginia.
Joining the Fairfax County government in May of that year, as the chief technology officer/chief information officer, she held responsibilities that were essential for the technology interests of that county.
For the last 20 years, Gibson has been in charge of creating technology policy as well as the innovation and management of the county’s portfolio of information technology (IT) investments, programs, systems and services in all of the various areas across the county’s enterprise for all of their agencies the online services for her constituents.
Recognized as an innovator in her role in local government circles, she spearheaded many different initiatives, some of which includes developing and supervising Fairfax County’s e-Government program, IT Security Office and Court Technology Office. In addition, she managed the countywide IT governance processes and agendas. With that, she ensured that they included a citizen committee appointed by the county’s Board of Supervisors, as well as the executive IT steering committee chaired by the county executive of Virginia.
Because of her extensive background, she was recruited by Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks to take on a new career endeavor by joining her administration.
Alsobrooks said that she chose Gibson to be a part of her administration because of her extensive background, numerous accomplishments and esteemed reputation.
“She has more than 20 years of experience leading technology in Fairfax County…she is extremely well-regarded,” Alsobrooks said.
What drew her to Gibson even more is that she is originally from Prince George’s County, Alsobrooks said. Gibson’s reputation has the county executive excited for the new addition to her team.
Gibson’s recruitment follows many other appointments to county offices by Alsobrooks, who took on her position as county executive last year. These include County Attorney Rhonda Weaver, Director of the Office of Central Services Jonathan Butler and Director of the Department of Public Works and Transportation Terry Bellamy, all of whom come from extensive backgrounds either from other counties or previous roles in Prince George’s County.
“In order to ensure efficient, effective services for our citizens, our goal was to appoint people with a proven track record in the areas for which they were selected,” Alsobrooks said in late November after announcing quite a few additions to the county government. “I am confident in our selections, and I believe our citizens will be as well.”
Alsobrooks was also responsible for the appointment of three-time Board of Education Chair Alvin Thornton, who headed the Thornton Commission on education reform back in the early 2000s.
In addition to serving as the chief technology officer/chief information officer of Fairfax County, Gibson has served in other roles during her career. She has been a part of numerous IT committees, including the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments CIO Committee, National Capital Region Homeland Security Advisory Committee and Metropolitan Information Exchange.
Gibson also boasts several awards and honors, named Public Official of the Year in 2003. In 2007, he was named one of the Top Five Women CIOs by Government Technology Magazine. Other magazines such as State Tech and Federal Computer Week Daily have featured her work.