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Dorothy Parks was promoted to Information Technology Services (ITS) Director and Chief Information Officer in July 2020. Dorothy, who had served as assistant director and CIO of Information Technology, joined the County’s ITS Department three years earlier as Deputy Director over Enterprise Applications. Before joining Gwinnett County, Dorothy served as Division President and CTO of Atlantic Partners Corporation. Dorothy also held the position of CEO and Managing Partner with DAP Services, LLC, and was Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Global Applications at Wyndham Worldwide. At Cendant Corporation, Dorothy served as Vice President of Enterprise Applications. She also held the position of Director of Corporate Application with Hospitality Franchise Systems and was Corporate Director of Financial and Franchise Systems at Days Inn of America. She served as Controller with Parson Brinckerhoff/Tudor Engineering.
Dorothy holds degrees in Management, Economics, and Finance from Clark Atlanta University and has certifications in ITIL, Six Sigma, and Project Management. She is a member of the CIO Forum, National Association of Female Executives, Technology Association of Georgia, Women in Technology, Information Technology Senior Management Forum, Technology Executive Club, and Cambridge Who’s Who. She also serves on the TAG Human Resources and Diversity Board and is a board member of Shades of Blue Georgia organization.
Cybersecurity Deputy Director:
Matthew started with Gwinnett in 2018 as the County’s first Chief Information Security Officer with the primary mission of establishing a security program to reduce the risk associated with cyberattacks to county systems and data. Prior to joining Gwinnett, Matthew’s career included a wide range of security responsibilities, including breaking into systems, responding to cyber incidents, and security governance. He has a bachelor’s in Information Security from Georgia State University, Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certifications. Matthew is also pursuing a master’s in Cyber Security policy from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Emerging Technologies & Digital Transformation Deputy Director:
John joined Gwinnett County in 2022 as Deputy Director of Emerging Technology and Digital Transformation within the Department of Information Technology Services. In his role, John is responsible for strategy, direction, innovation, and overall execution of new digital and technology programs. Additionally, the Emerging Technology/Digital Transformation Division has overall responsibility for the development and support Geospatial Solutions, the Gwinnett County Website, and Public Safety Solutions.
John brings to Gwinnett County over twenty years of technology leadership experience serving several of the of the largest county governments in Ohio and Florida, as well as driving technology innovations within the utility industry. John has earned a master's degree in Business Administration and holds professional certifications in ITIL, Project Management, Geographic Information Systems (GISP) and has completed the Certified Government CIO program.
Enterprise Applications Deputy Director:
Rebar was appointed Deputy Director of the Enterprise Applications Division in January 2022. In his current role, he oversees the Business Solutions and Enterprise Resource Planning teams. He is a transformational leader and business enabler who has a successful record of moving organizations away from break/fix IT to one that provides solutions, innovation, and utilization of technology. He possesses a background in performance optimization, automation efforts, security, and process improvements. He has also managed IT teams from all parts of the world including South and North America, Europe, and Asia. Prior to joining the County, Rebar served as Director of Information Technology for the DeKalb County Board of Health.
Rebar has a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and a master’s degree of science in Information Technology for Southern Polytechnic State University.
Infrastructure & Operations Deputy Director:
James A. Smith
James joined the County in June 2019 and was appointed Deputy Director of Infrastructure and Operations in the Department of Information Technology Services. A University of Maryland graduate, he earned a bachelor's in Criminal Justice while on active duty in the Air Force and has over 15 years of experience in law enforcement and the fire service. He successfully created and operated a small fire protection service company for ten years before turning his career to Information Technology. Over the last 20 years, James has held several senior technology leadership positions with global companies in the manufacturing, healthcare, financial, and B2B consulting industries. Before joining the County, James was the Director/CIO for the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance. He has completed a post-graduate MBA for Technology Leadership programs at Boston University and Northeastern University.
James' responsibilities include the strategic management of our network, systems, storage and end user compute environments and support teams, oversight of the enterprise architecture and standards, service delivery and enforcement of security protocols and directives.
Project Management Office Deputy Director:
Janice joined the Department of Information Technology Services in 2015. As Deputy Director of the Project Management Division, Janice works to ensure consistent project delivery success. Janice has a master’s degree in Computer Science from Clark Atlanta University. Prior to her work with Gwinnett County, Janice served in business consulting and management for over 25 years with various private sector companies.
IT Financial Management Division Director:
Constance joined the Department of Information Technology Services in March 2022 after serving with the Department of Transportation since 2014. As the Division Director of IT Financial Management, Constance is responsible for managing all financial activity within the ITS department. Prior to Gwinnett, she worked in various accounting and tax roles within the corporate, small business, non-profit, and education sectors. Constance also served as an adjunct faculty member.
Constance graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Accounting and from Georgia State University with a master’s degree in Taxation. She is also a licensed certified public accountant in the state of Georgia.
IT Infrastructure Division Director:
Tor joined Gwinnett County in 2006 and has held multiple positions within the Department of Information Technology Services, such as a Network and Systems Design Engineer, IT Architect, and roles in mid-level IT management.
In 2021, he was promoted to Division Director to oversee the county-wide technology infrastructure landscape. Some of his responsibilities include managing the 800 MHz Radio Systems and Towers, cloud computing services, network firewall systems, local and wide area network, wireless network infrastructure, voice over internet protocol (VoIP), compute and storage infrastructure, backup data protections, Countywide video surveillance infrastructure, 3x data centers, and over 150 remote telecommunication closets, including network cabling plants.
Tor's technical background includes more than 25 years of experience in the Information Technology Infrastructure. He has also served in leadership roles for over 15 years in both private and public sectors. Tor has a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix.
New Technology Solutions & Development Division Director:
Martin joined the County in 2022 as Division Director of New Technology Solutions. In his role, Martin's responsibility is to oversee and foster the development and quality of customized software solutions with consideration given towards leveraging open-source technologies where possible. Martin's background includes more than 20 years of experience in the software industry in both commercial and public institutions. He has worked at all levels of the software development lifecycle and has served in leadership roles for more than 10 years.
As a leader, Martin has overseen domestic and international teams developing software projects ranging from native desktop applications, native mobile products for Android and iOS to cloud hosted web applications using microservice architecture. Martin is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He is a proud resident of Gwinnett County where he lives with his wife and children.