Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced the appointment of Beth Anderson as the interim Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Anderson has served as Burlington’s Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) since May 2015. Weinberger has asked the City Council to approve the appointment at its September 18, 2017 meeting, with Anderson serving as acting CAO until that time. If confirmed, Anderson is expected to serve as interim CAO through the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget process, which will conclude by June 30, 2018. The City expects to resume its search for a permanent CAO later in the current fiscal year.
Chief Administrative Officer Bob Rusten announced in March he would be leaving the CAO position on September 1.
“Beth has distinguished herself as an innovative leader and effective manager,” said Mayor Weinberger. “Her service as CIO has dramatically improved the City’s IT capacities, saved taxpayer dollars, and delivered better, data-driven public outcomes. I expect her to play a pivotal transitional role in the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office that will allow the next permanent CAO to build on the Department’s record of success. I am grateful to Beth for her willingness to assume these additional responsibilities while maintaining many of her CIO responsibilities.”
Anderson was appointed the City’s first-ever CIO, leading the newly-created Innovation & Technology Department in May 2015. As CIO, Anderson is responsible for managing the City’s information technology (IT) operations, as well as coordinating data-driven innovation and using performance metrics to facilitate the City’s continuous improvement efforts. She has earned a reputation as an innovative thinker, excellent collaborator, and skillful manager with a strong financial background.
“It is an honor to be asked by Mayor Weinberger to lead the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office,” said Anderson. “It’s exciting to be part of building on the Department’s successes in stabilizing and strengthening the City’s finances.”
Weinberger said: “This is a vital position for Burlington, and I am grateful Beth’s willingness to step into the role in an interim capacity gives the City increased flexibility to choose the right candidate for the position.”