Carrollton Appoints New Information Technology Director
The City of Carrollton is pleased to announce the selection of Andrew Horn as its new Information Technology Director, effective Thursday, August 1. He has functioned as Interim IT Director since May.
In his new position as Carrollton’s IT Director, Horn will act as executive officer for all aspects of the City’s information technology services and partner with City stakeholders to ensure a strategic methodology is applied to the City’s approach to technology enhancement.
“After an extensive recruitment and interview process, I am pleased to congratulate Andy on this challenging new opportunity,” said Bob Scott, Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer over Information Technology. “I am excited to work with him in this new role and I know he will take the IT Department to the next level.”
As a commander in the Carrollton Police Department (CPD), Horn served as police liaison to the IT Department. He managed and implemented all technology projects including the Police Department’s new records management system and mobile device security, as well as researched and proposed a City-wide cellular technology program to streamline expenditures for multiple departments. Horn also co-authored CPD’s Strategic Business Plans for Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020.
“In May, when the need arose for an interim director, City management approached Horn to take on the position,” Carrollton City Manager Erin Rinehart said. “He really dug into the challenges in the IT department and he feels a commitment to finish what he has started. His familiarity with operations here, as well as his management skills he learned in the police department, are a benefit to the City of Carrollton.”
Rinehart said competition for this position was stiff.
“The applicants were a very talented group,” she said. “I am proud to announce that Horn did a fantastic job in the interviews and always displays the Carrollton Difference. He will be a great addition to our leadership team.”
As interim director, Horn teamed with management and staff to develop processes which provide clarity and transparency in operations to external stakeholders; analyzed, identified, and pursued methods of ensuring contract compliance with the City’s managed service vendor; coordinated efforts to disentangle and establish future protocols for financial and budgetary management within the IT Department; and, authored IT’s Strategic Business Plan for Fiscal Year 2020.
“IT can be a very intimidating field to someone on the outside,” Horn said. “I hope to be able to translate the highly technical aspects in a manner which is both understandable and transparent so as to better serve other City departments and the public. All of the other services within the City rely on IT support to accomplish their duties and that leaves the department no room for failure.”
When asked what he hopes to accomplish in the next few years, Horn responded, “I intend for our department to spend some time ensuring operations are airtight. There are so many great opportunities out there for IT to approach, my goal is to provide a resilient technology framework which will empower the City of Carrollton to be the community that people want to call home.”
Horn began his career with CPD in July 2006 as a police officer and has served in almost every aspect of the department throughout his 13-year tenure, most recently holding the rank of Police Professional Standards Commander.
Horn holds a Master of Science in Justice Administration and Leadership from the University of Texas at Dallas, graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington, and is currently enrolled in the Carrollton Leadership Institute and the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas’ Leadership Command curriculum. Additionally, his background includes training from the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA), the Police Executive Research Forum, the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA), and the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (the ILEA).For more information about the City of Carrollton’s Information Technology Department, visit cityofcarrollton.com.