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Office of the City Manager - Nov. 12, 2015

City Manager Lee Garrity today announced the appointment of Tom Kureczka as the city’s next chief information officer and Melanie Johnson as the next city secretary.

Kureczka has served as the interim chief information officer since Sept. 1, following the retirement of Dennis Newman. He will assume his duties as the permanent CIO on Nov. 16.

Kureczka joined the Information Systems Department in 1996 as a senior supervisor and has served as deputy information systems director since 2006. As deputy director, he managed the department’s computer center operations and application systems divisions, lead strategic planning for new information technology investments, and ensured the reliability and security of the city’s information technology infrastructure.

Kureczka is a recent graduate of the UNC School of Government’s Public Executive Leadership Academy. He was selected after a national search and extensive evaluation of potential candidates, which included an assessment center.

“Mr. Kureczka will bring a fresh approach to managing the city’s information technology, with a focus on collaboration, service excellence, and continuous innovation to enhance the delivery of services to citizens,” Garrity said. His salary will be $140,000 a year.

Johnson will assume her new duties Nov. 23, following the retirement of City Secretary Renee Phillips.

Johnson has extensive municipal clerk experience, serving as the deputy city secretary for the past nine years and serving in the city secretary’s office since 2003. She also worked in the city’s Human Resources Department for approximately two years. Before joining the city of Winston-Salem, Johnson worked for the city of Hickory in the city manager’s office.

“I am very pleased that we are able to maintain the continuity within the city secretary’s office,” Garrity said. “I believe that it will continue to provide outstanding customer service to our city council and citizens under Ms. Johnson’s leadership.” Johnson’s salary will be $62,022 a year.

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