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City names chief information officer for IT Department

Ivan Drinks Sr. has been appointed as the new chief information officer for the City of Kansas City, Mo., Information Technology Department. Drinks will begin his duties Oct. 1.

Drinks previously served as director of the Information Technology Division for the City and County of Denver from 1990 to 2000 and as director of Information Technology for CoorsTek in Golden, Co., from 2000 to 2002. Since 2002, Drinks has been the owner of a technology support services company.

“Ivan brings extensive experience in implementing information technology systems and providing leadership in a large city government,” said City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen. “His knowledge, background and management abilities make him an ideal candidate to fill this position.”

As chief information officer of the Information Technology Department, Drinks will be responsible for providing vision and direction enabling the City to achieve strategic technology and business objectives. He also will ensure that education and training for employees is comprehensive and that opportunities to use technology to improve efficiency are maximized.

The appointment process included two interviews conducted by panelists from the City and other area organizations. Panelists included: Wayne A. Cauthen, city manager; John Franklin, assistant city manager; Vercie Lark, vice president, ITD/Infrastructure, Embarq Corp.; Kevin Sparks, chief information officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City; Marilu Goodyear, incoming chair, Department of Public Administration, University of Kansas, former chief information officer, University of Kansas; and Randy Hall, director of marketing, Analysts International.

Drinks’ experience with the City and County of Denver includes evaluating the processes within City agencies and developing and implementing new solutions. He also served as director of technology and telecommunications for Denver International Airport and worked to expand the use of e-commerce wherever possible.

His career also includes serving as treasury systems manager at the Johns Manville, where he was responsible for Treasury Systems, Accounts Payable and Financial Analyst in a $1 billion division.

Drinks has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Ohio State University and a master's degree in computer information systems from the University of Denver.

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