After several rapid changes in IT leadership in recent months, the City of Baltimore is betting big on its newest chief information officer.
Frank Johnson, the city’s newest CIO and chief digital officer, becomes the fifth leading IT official at the Mayor’s Office of Information Technology in five years. Johnson, who started in early September, replaced acting department head Evette Munro, who resigned in July after taking over for former CIO Jerome Mullen, who was released in February just a couple months after the inauguration of Mayor Catherine Pugh.
The Pugh administration is betting big on Johnson, a longtime Intel sales executive, who is now among the highest paid officials in the city with an annual salary of $250,000, according to The Baltimore Sun. His salary tops that of the mayor, who is paid $176,000, and the police commissioner, who made $200,000 last year.
Johnson also earns nearly $100,000 more than previous city officials who held the same position. Pugh said the increased pay reflects the job’s expanded responsibilities, which include cross-agency system modernization, ensuring the security of the city’s data, and participation in mayoral initiatives.