Boise mayor nominates former consultant for CIO role



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Boise, Idaho, could soon have a new chief information officer. Mayor Lauren Mclean announced her nomination of private sector executive Alexandra Winkler for the role on Thursday.

Alexandra Winkler (LinkedIn)

Winkler, who is currently a senior director at a Boise nonprofit called Healthwise, will appear before the Boise City Council on Sept. 14 for a confirmation hearing. If approved she’ll become the city’s new CIO, heading an IT department with more than 70 employees and a $12 million budget.

Winkler previously held officer roles within the U.S. Air Force and Air Force reserves, as well as managerial roles at Deloitte and Sabel Systems Technology Solutions, a Virginia consulting firm.

The city’s previous CIO, Erika Cobb — who was appointed by former Mayor Dave Bieter in 2019 — departed in June to lead digital commerce at a regional grocery store chain, according to LinkedIn, after a two-year stint.

As CIO, Winkler would oversee digital applications, networking, websites and geographic information system development for more than 14 agencies, including the city’s airport and zoo, according to a job posting. The department is currently focused on increasing collaboration while reducing costs, according to the posting.

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