The City of Lynchburg’s Chief Information Officer, Mike Goetz has announced his retirement effective January 31, 2020. Goetz started with the City in March 1999 and was charged with forming the City’s first Information Technology Department. Since then, he has gone on to lead a nationally-recognized team of information technology professionals.
Goetz has also led the organization through a number of technology advancements including new financial and work order systems, improved use of the City’s Geographical Information System (GIS) and strengthening the City’s cyber security.
“It has been an honor to serve in this capacity for the last 20 years and to be a part of a phenomenal team that is truly among the best at what they do,” said Goetz. “Looking back over the last 20 years, it is so satisfying to see how far we have come and to know we have built the City’s IT environment with the long term in mind. I know I’m leaving the organization in good hands.”
Goetz is also credited with growing the City’s fiber optic network to serve approximately 100 connected locations, implementing operational support systems in all major City operating departments and, according to City Manager, Bonnie Svrcek leaving the City’s information technology infrastructure and organization on a solid foundation for the future.
“Mike has been a great asset to the City both in his role as CIO and as a member of the Leadership Team," said Svrcek. “His vision, leadership acumen and talents will be missed.”
The City Manager has announced that Terry Hutchens will be assuming the position of Chief Information Officer effective February 1, 2020. Hutchens currently serves as the department’s Assistant Director, Technology Infrastructure. In his current position, he has been primarily responsible for Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and adopting best practices, network engineering, telephony, internet, security, Office 365, PC and server support. Hutchens has worked for the City since 1999 and was previously the Manager of Network Engineering for Framatome.
“Terry Hutchens and Mike Goetz have worked together for approximately 21 years and have created an amazing team to support the organization on all things technology,” said City Manager Svrcek. “The decision to appoint Terry to fill the position once Mike decided to retire was an easy one.”
Hutchens says he is looking forward to the new challenges that lie ahead for him as he prepares to assume his new duties. "I am honored and humbled to have this opportunity to serve the City and its citizens,” said Hutchens. “I'm working with such a great team of men and women who really make a difference as recognized by our most recent award as the highest ranked City in America [for our population level] for strategic and effective use of information technologies.”