Chief Information Officer Tom Freeman to retire at end of year
Roseville, Calif. -After 18 years of service which spanned numerous upgrades and changes in how technology served Roseville residents, Tom Freeman, the city’s Chief Information Officer, is retiring.
Freeman’s career at the City began in 1991, in an era with limited automation and not a single personal computer in use by city staff. In the coming years, while he became a department head, leading the city’s Information Technology group.
Freeman spearheaded the delivery of numerous projects, many of which still contribute to the levels of service the city is able to provide today, including:
- Upgrading the citywide telephone system
- Developing a plan for a citywide network infrastructure
- Implementing a new financial/customer information system to coordinate accounts and services
- Free wireless access downtown
- Sharing of data and voice over the same network
- Mobile data access for public safety personnel
- Web-based applications to for residents utilizing the city’s website
- State-of-the-art computer facilities
- Y2K planning
Prior his job at the city, Freeman worked in private industry, and also for the FBI in Washington, D.C.
He will retire later this month and manage the department through December.
‘Today, the city is one of the most advanced in the nation regarding our use of technology to serve our residents,’ Freeman said. ‘So there is a need to constantly grow, change and learn.’
City Manager Craig Robinson, who hired him, said that Freeman played a key role in helping the city of Roseville identify and implement the best ideas and innovations to help serve Roseville residents.
‘Tom tackled many challenging projects and always delivered, ensuring the city could deliver services efficiently,’ Robinson said. ‘His successor will have to be someone who understands that technology does not slow down, and that we must always use it to help improve the quality of lives of our citizens.’
When he retires in December, Freeman plans to spend more time with his family, relax and travel.