Chief Geek Joins SPD

William M Schrier-1-largeThe Seattle Police Department welcomes Bill Schrier as the new interim Chief Information Officer (CIO). As CIO, Schrier will lead the department’s efforts to bolster SPD’s information technology programs and services. He will be a part of the leadership team that will continue to fulfill Mayor Ed Murray and Chief Kathleen O’Toole’s vision that the SPD should be “second to none” when it comes to how the Department uses technology to support its officers and provides for the safety and security of the Seattle community. Schrier will report to Chief Operating Officer Mike Wagers.

According to Wagers, “We are excited to bring Bill on board to continue our push to bring new and better technologies to the SPD. Bill’s vast experience and leadership will be vital as we become more data driven, implement our new Data Analytics Platform, continue refining our body camera and video redaction program, and develop our mobile policing strategy.”

Schrier comes to the SPD after serving as Senior Policy Advisor at the Washington State Office of the Chief Information Officer. He will continue to chair the Washington State Interoperability Executive Committee and serve as the primary point of contact for the FirstNet effort in the State.

Prior to his work at the State of Washington, Schrier served as Chief Technology Officer for the City of Seattle and director of the City’s Department of Information Technology for 8 years, leading the city’s launch of its open-government information hub, data.seattle.gov. Schrier is a retired officer in the United States Army Corps of Engineers and holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington Evans School.

Schrier writes a blog about the intersection of information technology and government, how they sometimes collide but often influence and change each other. Says Wagers, “Bill is a recognized national technology leader who understands public safety. We could not be happier to have someone known as a ‘chief geek’ join our command staff team.”