Mayor appoints Technology Department leader

Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman today announced the appointment of Tarek Tomes as Saint Paul’s new Chief Information Officer. Tomes will lead Saint Paul’s Department of Technology and Communications at a critical time in the city’s information technology operations.

Tomes served as an Assistant Commissioner at MN.IT (formerly Office of Enterprise Technology) for the past five years. His work at MN.IT included setting service strategy for the State’s portfolio of services including line of business applications as well as technology services, among others.

Tomes also spent more than a decade working in the private sector.

“Tarek’s experience at the state, as well as his significant experience managing complex issues in the private sector, will be critical assets for our technology department,” Mayor Coleman said. “The city is currently in the midst of implementing many technology improvements, and Tarek’s strategic and innovative leadership will be key to their success.”

Tomes earned a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Management from the University of Maryland, University College and has done graduate work at Boston University. He will assume his duties as CIO on February 24, 2014.