Scott D. Fairholm, Director of Information Technology, City of Chesapeake
City Manager James E. Baker announced today that Scott D. Fairholm has been named the new Director of Information Technology for the City, effective Monday, August 28, 2017. Fairholm replaces Pedro “Peter” Wallace, who left for a similar position in Virginia Beach earlier this year. Fairholm will receive a salary of $148,000.
“Technology touches, literally, every aspect of the City organization and our ability to provide effective service to our citizen-customers,” said Baker. “With Mr. Fairholm’s extensive experience in both the government and technology sectors, he was the ideal candidate to help Chesapeake build on our strong foundation and take full advantage of the burgeoning new technologies coming forward every day.”
Fairholm comes to Chesapeake from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, where he served as Chief Information Officer. He managed a staff of 90+ and a budget of more than $35 million, while driving technology expansion for the 553-mile road system. Previously, Fairholm was Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chief of Policy, Planning, and Performance Management in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Administration. He also formerly served with the National Center for State Courts in Williamsburg, VA, and as Director of the Virginia Department of Information Technology.
“Chesapeake’s reputation as a leader in implementing technology solutions to make government more accessible to citizens was a principal attraction for me when this opportunity arose,” Fairholm commented. “Having worked in Virginia and seen firsthand the progressive, forward thinking manner in which the City is led only further cemented my desire to be a part of this outstanding information technology team.”
Fairholm holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) in International Relations from Brigham Young University, and a Masters of Public Administration degree from George Mason University. He is also a graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute, a senior leadership development program. He is a frequent speaker at regional and national technology conferences, and a guest lecturer on government technology at Harrisburg (PA) University of Science and Technology.