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Akron, Ohio

Rick Schmahl leaving City Phil Montgomery new CIO

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City of Akron Press Release
Published: 11-20-2015

Rick Schmahl leaving City  Phil Montgomery new City CIO

             Akron, Ohio (November 20, 2015) -   Akron Mayor Jeff Fusco announced Friday that Rick Schmahl, the City’s Chief Information Officer, will be leaving the City effective November 20, 2015 to accept a position as the Multi Agency Radio Communications System (MARCS) Program Director with the State of Ohio, Department of Administrative Services.   Schmahl served the City for more than 30 years as a law enforcement officer and administrator with the Akron Police Department before being appointed to the position of Chief Information Officer by Mayor Plusquellic in 2012.     

       On his way home from a successful trip to a European trade conference, Mayor Jeff Fusco said, “I thank Rick for his many years of dedicated service to the City and wish him the best of success in his future position. The State is gaining a competent, experienced professional in Rick, and I trust that he will serve the Department of Administrative Services with the same professionalism and talent with which he has served the City of Akron.”

            Mayor Fusco also announced the appointment of Phil Montgomery to fill the position of Chief Information Officer. Montgomery has served as Deputy Director of Public Service since he was appointed to the position by Mayor Plusquellic in 2013.

“Phil came to the City with a wealth of experience in audit, analytics, and information technology and he has continued to impress me with his comprehensive understanding of new technology and integrated processes,” Mayor Fusco remarked. “Phil has been an asset to the City since his arrival, taking a lead role in helping to manage and oversee the City’s CSO project and many other service operations.  In addition to his data technology and analytics experience, Phil’s intimate knowledge of City organization and processes will be an advantage as he assumes this new position.”

       Montgomery brings to the position a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Business Information Systems from DeVry University and a Masters in Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University, as well as eight years of corporate internal audit experience with two international manufacturing firms and at Time Warner Cable here in Akron. 

       Montgomery is also deeply invested in the Akron community, serving on various boards and commissions, including chairing the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADM) Services Board and the Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative (CANAPI). 

        Mayor Fusco indicated that he plans to fill the vacancy in the position of Deputy Director of Public Service in the near future.  

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