Leadership change at KCIT

Tanya Hannah

Tanya Hannah, King County’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director of our Department of Information Technology, has announced that she is leaving King County.

Executive Constantine appointed Tanya as CIO four years ago, in April 2018, and during that time she has overseen numerous technology projects and improvements at King County to help customers quickly and simply access our information and services. She also helped the County radically change the way it operates and delivers services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Along the way the department and Tanya herself received several national awards and recognitions.

Tanya’s last day with King County is May 1.

David Mendel

KCIT will be in good hands in the short term as David Mendel, Director of the Emergency Radio Communications (ERC) Division, has accepted the CIO position on an interim basis. A military veteran with 22 years’ service in the U.S. Navy as an Electronics Technician, David joined King County in 2005 as Regional Communication Services Manager. David is a certified Project Management Professional and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from City University in Seattle and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri. 

Tanya and David will now begin transition planning to ensure a smooth and seamless leadership change. We will soon begin a nationwide search for a permanent CIO, and we will provide more details on this process soon.