Today, Lane County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky announced the appointment of Mike Finch as the County’s new Chief Information Officer (CIO).
“Mike brings great experience from the private and public sectors, and has proved to be a collaborator and problem solver,” said Mokrohisky. “He will lead our efforts to grow partnerships that ensure high quality and cost effective services.”
The CIO was the final opening on Lane County’s executive leadership team. In addition to the Chief Information Officer, department heads appointed by the County Administrator include the Director of Health & Human Services, Alicia Hays; the Director of Public Works, Marsha Miller; the Director of Human Resources, Marsha Edwards; and the Director of Management Services, George Russell. The Lane County Sheriff, District Attorney and Assessor are independently elected. The County Counsel is hired directly by the Board of Commissioners.
“I am excited about the opportunity to expand our regional partnerships and use of technology to solve challenges,” said Finch. “We are headed in a positive direction.”
The Chief Information Officer serves as the director for the Information Services Department. The department has approximately 70 employees, 160 applications and 200 databases. Lane County also manages numerous shared service agreements with regional partners, including the City of Eugene, City of Springfield, Eugene Water and Electric Board and Lane Council of Governments. The County’s shared regional data center just celebrated 50 years in operation.
Finch replaces Tony Black, who had served as the County’s CIO since 2002. Finch has served as Interim CIO since May 2014, when Black left for a position with the State of Oregon. Finch brings approximately 18 years of experience in technology leadership from the private and public sectors, and a business degree from the University of Oregon. He has served Lane County for 11 years in various technology leadership positions. Finch led efforts to create efficiencies and reduce cost through new automated timecard and contract systems for Lane County.
The County conducted a thorough recruitment process, including a wide search and competitive selection. Employees, union leaders, department directors, elected officials and regional partners were engaged in the hiring process, including 12 semi-finalists and five finalists.