Office of Enterprise Technology Executive Leadership
David L. Stevens
| Chief Information Officer
David Stevens is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Maricopa County. David has been a presenter at national conferences and has been published in a variety of magazines such as Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Government Technology, and ComputerWorld, for example, as well as contributions to the CIO Executive Council’s Case Studies. David has served as a board member on advisory boards and received various professional awards and recognition for his leadership and innovations across business contributions and information technology initiatives.
Prior to his selection and appointment as the CIO, David was the Deputy CIO for Maricopa County. Prior to this, David spent five years as the CIO for the Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County where he worked closely with state and local government agencies - especially the Arizona Supreme Court where he served on several statewide committees. During his time as the CIO with the Judicial Branch, David worked with Courts across the Nation as a board member of CITOC and member of NACM. Additionally, he collaborated with the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and his innovative work in the Judiciary was recognized by NACo, NACM, NCSC, and CIO Magazine.
David enjoys running, hiking, landscape photography, golf, and volunteering his time in support of the community; especially the homeless through his work with the Phoenix Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity, and the local church.
Kevin Westover | Deputy Chief Information Officer
Kevin Westover is the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for Maricopa County. He leads the Office of Enterprise Technology’s (OET) Infrastructure and Communications Technologies division, which includes Infrastructure Project Management, Data Networking, Voice Networking, Enterprise Data Center Services, and Wireless/Radio Systems. Prior to his appointment as Deputy CIO, Kevin functioned as the Director of Enterprise Data Center Services within OET. Before joining OET, Kevin spent seventeen years within the technology department for the Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County as the Deputy CIO among several other technical and leadership positions.
Kevin is the recipient of numerous awards for leadership and service delivery, including an award as the Co-Chair for the Technology Committee that contributed to advanced and innovative technologies employed within the County’s South Court Tower. He is known as being driven towards excellence, outstanding customer service, and for meeting strategic objectives.
In his personal life, Kevin is passionately driven by family, faith, and extreme outdoor adventure.
| Deputy Chief Information Officer
Sandip Dholakia is the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for Maricopa County. He leads the Office of Enterprise Technology’s (OET) Advanced Services division, which includes Applications Development/Support and Business Analysis. Prior to his appointment as Deputy CIO, Sandip served as Technology Director for the Maricopa County Regional Development Services Agency (RDSA). Preceding his tenure at Maricopa County, Sandip spent 13 years with a multinational semiconductor chip manufacturing corporation.
Sandip is the recipient of numerous honors for achieving Operational Excellence aligning the strategic goals between Business Units and Technology teams and building the organizational structure required to successfully deliver enterprise Finance, Budget, Regulatory, and Human Resource (HR) technology solutions with fiscal prudence.
| Director of Strategic Planning and Business Alignment
Rich has spent the past seven years as Deputy Director of Strategic Planning and Information Technology for the Clerk of the Superior Court in Maricopa County. In this role, Rich developed the Clerk’s strategic plan and created a project qualification methodology to assess and prioritize major initiatives and projects, and align those with the priorities and goals identified in the strategic plan. Additionally, Rich implemented a Project Management Office to ensure the strategic development and implementation of prioritized automation projects.
Prior to the Clerk’s Office, Rich spent eight years as a regional business development manager in the electric utility industry developing large scale capital projects for several vertical markets, including government and education. Early in his career, Rich helped to launch a private company, operating in the U.S. and Canada, marketing an identification and recovery system for companion animals utilizing implantable microchip technology. Rich has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
| Chief Information Security Officer
Michael Echols is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Maricopa County – prior to his appointment as the CISO, Michael was a Security Consultant to a number of fortune 500 companies, providing strategic advisory security and risk management consulting services. Michael’s career began as a systems and network administrator; foundational skills that can be attributed to his success in the information security field. He has more recently implemented risk management frameworks designed to create situational awareness, which provides organizational leadership with the ability to make good risk based decisions.
Michael is recognized as a speaker at security events and a number of conferences, on a wide range of information security topics. He is a known Subject Matter Expert in the power utility industry and is the author of various publications and a book on topics related to Smart Grid Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection.
Michael enjoys time with friends and family, especially with his wife, daughter and son. He also maintains a great appreciation for sports, travel, and teaching.
| Geographic Information Officer
Marta Dent is the Geographic Information Officer (GIO) for Maricopa County – prior to her appointment as GIO, Marta was the Geographic Information Services (GIS) Director for Flood Control District, Transportation Department, and Waste Resources and Recycling. She has a Master’s Degree in Engineering with an emphasis on Computer Automated Procedures.
Marta heads the Maricopa Regional GIS Technical Council and has published numerous white papers on GIS. Her work was featured in ArcNews magazine (the largest circulation of any GIS publication with a readership of 600,000 people worldwide) and American City and County. At a local level, Marta heads the Maricopa Regional GIS Technical Council. She also coordinates the acquisition of aerial photography for multiple city, state, and federal agencies in order to cost-share and have a common base map for Maricopa County.
Marta is the recipient of more than 14 awards from the National Association of Counties. She was also named Geospatial Professional of the year by the Arizona Professional Land Surveyors Association, and was an Arizona Quality Alliance Excellence award recipient.
John Ahl is the Administrator for the Office of Enterprise Technology. John came to Maricopa County in 1997 as the Administrator for the Department of Public Health. Several years later he was promoted to Public Health Deputy Director. Prior to joining the County, John was the Director of Change Management for Samaritan Health Patient Financial Services and the Director of Child Support Enforcement for the State of Arizona.
John has a strong management and administrative background managing multimillion dollar programs as well extensive experience in the areas of budgeting, finance, procurement, human resources, strategic planning, and change management. He enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, football, bike riding, and travelling throughout the United States and abroad.
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