March 29, 2013 By Colin Wood
Clark County, Nev., has hired a new CIO, replacing Laura Fucci, who left to become CIO of Henderson, Nev., in mid-November 2012.
Just four months later, on March 19, Louis Carr took over the county’s IT Department. Though he is new to Clark County, Carr is no stranger to the role of CIO, having previously served as CIO of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), and of Arlington, Texas, before that. He also worked for 17 years with the city of Las Vegas.
In his new post, Carr, pictured at left, says he plans to draw on his experience managing large organizations, such as TxDOT, to lead successful IT in Nevada, and he spent his first week on the job listening to his boss and his deputies to gain an understanding of their priorities.
“My style really is to go in and listen to folks, engage with folks, try to understand both from an IT staff perspective and business user staff perspective, what’s working well and what’s not working well,” he said. “And then I assimilate all that information and try to align it.”
If there are commonalities, Carr added, that’s a good place to start. “Where there’s misalignment, I dig a little deeper and try to find where there might be misalignment in terms of what the business users think and what IT thinks, and go through some strategies to get alignment where there’s misalignment.”
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