Ulman chooses Levy, 34, to be technology chief

December 20, 2006|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Sun Reporter

Ira Levy, a 34 year-old Columbia resident who is managing director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, has been chosen by County Executive Ken Ulman to replace Nina Benz as Howard County's technology czar. Benz held the job for four years.

His new $135,658-a-year job as director of the Howard Department of Technology and Communication Services starts immediately.

Ulman said he hired Levy to make Howard County's systems easier for citizens to use while making full use of technology. To help achieve that, Ulman is creating an external Information Technology Advisory Board and an interagency work group.

With the expected influx of new federal defense-related jobs in Central Maryland, Ulman said, "we look to develop strategies that use technology to its fullest."

Previously, Levy was information technology director for the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, and before that for the University of Central Florida. He was also technology coordinator for the Orange County schools in Orlando, Fla.

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