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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.
Rebar was appointed deputy director of the Enterprise Applications and Development Division in January 2022. In his current role, he oversees Business Solutions, Data Services, 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 from Southern Polytechnic State University.
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.
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.
Janice joined the County in 2015 as Deputy Director of the Business Strategic Services Division (BSS) within the Department of Information Technology Services. As Deputy Director of BSS, Janice oversees the project management office and business strategy team. 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 roles for over 25 years with various private sector companies.