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Posted January 26, 2012

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New CIO Brings 3+ Decades of Experience to APS

Chief Information Officer Lynn Harris also is serving as director of business systems, overseeing APS' financial information system, Lawson.

Lynn Harris’ resume reads like an alphabet soup of technology and business expertise.

From budget development to Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) to IT security to Software Development Lifecycle (or SDLC for those in the know) to team building, Harris has spent more than 35 years leading complex technology organizations and programs for government and business.

Now, she’s bringing that experience to APS as the district’s new chief information officer. Her job is to oversee technology for the entire school district including computer services, network communications and management of information systems.

Harris is charged with managing an IT team that oversees countless computers, phones and other hardware as well as networks, systems, programs and more with a goal of efficiency and improved service.  She also is responsible for developing a strategic technology plan for APS that will meet its growing needs.

Harris is wearing a second hat for APS, also serving as director of business systems, overseeing the district’s financial information system, Lawson.

She said she’s up for the job – both jobs.

“My years of experience working both in the public and private sector should serve us well as we take on the technology challenges facing APS as the state’s largest school district and one of the city’s biggest employers,” Harris said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity and am up for the challenge.”

Harris was most recently the chief information officer and IT division director for the state’s Environment Department. She spent much of her career at Los Alamos National Laboratories and also was the chief information security officer for the state of New Mexico, responsible for overseeing all executive branch IT operations.

She has been the chair and vice chair of the New Mexico State Government Council of Chief Information Officers and is a member of the New Mexico Technology Council, New Mexico Women in Technology, the New Mexico State Government Information Security Steering Committee and the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) Data Management Security and Privacy Task Group.

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