Lower Merion Township Manager Doug Cleland announced today that he is appointing Wendy Reich, an accomplished and experienced technology management professional with a strong technical background, to be the Township’s new Chief Technology Officer, pending confirmation by the Township Board of Commissioners on November 19.
Reich will report directly to Cleland, and will be responsible for the strategic visioning, implementation, and operational oversight of all Township information technology (IT) systems and staff. As head of the Information Services Department, Reich will be responsible for strategic planning of information systems supporting municipal operations, working with all Township departments to understand their information technology needs, developing and implementing solutions, and supporting all systems and software.
Reich was formerly the Director of Information Technology at VisionQuest, a $45 million national youth services organization providing residential and community-based services for at-risk youth. She was responsible for the overall direction and operations of the technology department supporting over 600 users at over 25 locations in seven states.
“We are very lucky to have Wendy Reich emerge from a rich crop of candidates for the CTO position,” said Cleland. “She will bring to the Township a varied and deep set of technical skills and the experiences of a proven manager.”
She replaces Mary Graham-Zak, who resigned in September for a career opportunity in the non-profit sector, after serving as the Township’s CTO for the past 15 years.
Reich is a graduate of West Chester University, and had been with VisionQuest in Downingtown for 18 years.
Assuming confirmation, her first day as the new Chief Technology Officer will be November 26, 2012.
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