The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the city's CIO will exit her position: Dianah Neff has been one of the leading lights in promoting municipally authorized metropolitan-scale networks--note my careful phrasing--and whether or not individuals or companies agree with the concept or her approach, she's been out there swinging with data. Wireless Philadelphia, the non-profit that handshakes with the city on one hand and a private contractor on the other, managed to obtain several significant bids in the earliest process for a city of that scale.
The paper reports some controversy about her administration, including a billing system that cost $18m and doesn't work, but doesn't note other successes. My local county has, at times, spent tens of millions in failed billing or human resource computer upgrades, and it seems to demonstrate more that these complex systems are often hard to manage, and conform to the general performance seen by most IT publications in surveys: big projects spiral out of scale or fail too often. I would have liked to see her department's overall budget, and a small discussion of projects gone right, assuming that she didn't work on two projects for her entire tenure.
The report also indirectly criticizes Neff's frequent travel based on three incidents in her office. But it notes that it's put Phila. on the map worldwide. I don't think I have ever heard so many references to Phila. in the nearly two years since Wireless Philadelphia was conceived as in the previous decades of my life, except, perhaps, to note the Liberty Bell or the Continental Congress. (Man, is the building those men met in small.)
Neff was a good interview, which is one reason for her frequent appearances in the press, because she could talk big picture issues about poverty and training, walk the tech talk on how everything would work together, and run the numbers.
I imagine that good-government rules would prevent her from joining a muni-Fi firm that she had done business with for 12 or 18 months, but there are other fish out there in the sea.