Los Angeles Hires Its First Chief Innovation Officer

Recently, Los Angeles has been embracing transparency and openness, possibly in reaction to the county facing serious criticism for its sheriff’s deputy hiring practices.

Last week, the LA City Controller launched a website designed around providing easy, searchable access to the city’s general fund data. Many were impressed with the huge amount of data on display, and how quickly the city controller launched the site. On Friday, the city took another step in the direction of transparency by appointing the city’s first ever Chief Innovation Officer. 

Peter Marx, who was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, will be focusing mainly on the city’s website and mobile app, but will have other duties, such as collecting and releasing data collected by certain city agencies. Mayor Garcetti said in a statement that using technology will be critical to the city’s future, and that Marx’s work will help push the city forward and improve city services.

Marx’s background includes work with the tech companies Qualcomm Labs, Electronic Arts, as well as time with Universal Studios and Mattel. 

Whatever the reason is behind LA’s new dedication to transparency, it’s hard to argue that it could be anything but a positive step for the city. Hopefully other cities will follow LA’s lead and we will see all of California embracing openness in city government.

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