Seattle’s ‘chief geek’ Bill Schrier to step down May 2

Mayor Mike McGinn discusses the Pioneer Square broadband project with City of Seattle CTO Bill Schrier

Chief Technology Officer Bill Schrier announced his retirement today after more than 30 years of service to the city.

“Bill Schrier has been an effective and innovative leader in helping Seattle use technology to support our residents, our businesses, and an open government,” said Mayor McGinn in a statement. “Under his leadership Seattle has begun to connect more of our neighborhoods to high-speed fiber broadband, set national standards for accessing information online, and helped create and improve other innovative and effective ways to get the people of Seattle better engaged with their government.”

Schrier’s last day will be May 2, and he’ll be replaced on an interim basis by deputy director of IT Erin Devoto.

We’ve reached out to Schrier to find out what he’ll do next, and we’ll update the post as we learn more.

UPDATE: Schrier was traveling today and unavailable for a full interview, but in a Twitter message sent to GeekWire he said that he will join e.Republic, a new media company focused on covering the state and local government markets. Based in Folsom, California, the company publishes titles such as Public CIO and Government Technology magazines. He will remain in Seattle in the new position.

  • http://twitter.com/ShaunaCausey Shauna Causey

    Bill, I’ve been following you closely the last few years. We’re really going to miss you. You’ve been an inspiration through your work serving the city. I look forward to following your work in your new position. 

  • http://wac6.com/ William Carleton

    Schrier is a great Twitterer. He knows how to use that medium well.

  • http://about.me/jcolman Jonathon Colman

    Wow – I’ve had the great pleasure of getting to know you as you’ve spoken to my cohort at UW over the past year. Like Shauna, I follow you online and have really enjoyed the impact you’ve had on our local culture (and that of city government).