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Steve Smith, the City of Pensacola’s Chief Information Officer — the head of the city’s IT department — plans to retire before the end of the year. Smith’s last day with the city will be December 16.

Smith has only served in the role since March. At the time, Pensacola mayor Ashton Hayward said that Smith “shares my commitment to leveraging technology to continue innovating and improving how we do business and serve the public, and I am excited to welcome him to Pensacola.”

Smith replaced former CIO Paul Jones, who left last year to take a position with the Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller. Before coming to Pensacola, Smith previously served as Chief Information Officer for both Tarrant County, Texas and Orange County, Florida. As Pensacola’s CIO, Smith is paid an annual salary of $89,980.80.

Communications manager Brenda Kahalley will serve as interim CIO while the city searches for a permanent replacement.

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