Fayette County

Mayor names chief information officer for Lexington

Aldona K. Valicenti
Aldona K. Valicenti

Mayor Jim Gray named Aldona K. Valicenti on Thursday as Lexington's chief information officer, a role she defined during the administration of Gov. Paul Patton as the state's first CIO.

"Aldona has a deep understanding of the role of information technology in government and will help us move the ball forward in our drive to make government more transparent and more efficient," Gray said in a news release. Valicenti will be paid $125,000 a year.

Since leaving state government, Valicenti has been vice president of consulting services at CGI, an international information technology firm, and vice president of business development and strategy for Oracle Corp., the world's largest enterprise software company.

Gray said Valicenti's project list includes a review of systems, software and operations to identify strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for innovation. She plans to meet with employees and council members to discuss goals and vision for technology services.

She also plans development of a strategic plan with short- and long-term goals to improve government's ability to meet the needs of citizens through technology.

Valicenti is the city's second CIO; the first was Rama Dhuwaraha in the Jim Newberry administration, mayoral spokeswoman Susan Straub said.

Valicenti, who lives in Lexington, holds a master's degree from Wayne State University in Detroit.

In 2001, Valicenti was recognized as a "public official of the year" by Governing magazine.

She has testified in Congress, advocating for state technology issues, and has advised a number of states and governors on the CIO role and organization of the CIO office. Most recently, she has been a representative for CGI on the TechAmerica Cloud Computing study.