The acting head of the Baltimore City Office of Information and Technology is now officially in city government’s top IT role.
In September, Todd Carter was appointed as acting director of BCIT following the departure of former CIO Frank Johnson. Now Carter will permanently take the role, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s office said on Thursday.
Carter previously worked with public utility companies. He served as head of IT for BGE Home, and was a VP of IT at energy companies Exelon and Constellation Energy.
He started with BCIT on May 7 — the day the city was hit with a cyber attack. The Robbinhood ransomware left city systems inaccessible.
“The city benefited greatly from Todd’s ability to perform expertly under extreme pressures,” Young said in a statement. “Todd has also been at the forefront of helping Baltimore modernize its IT infrastructure and to further strengthen our network capabilities. Todd possesses a rare combination of technical skills, organizational expertise, and operational abilities that will continue to serve the city well into the future.”
Carter is the fifth leader in the role overseeing a city IT infrastructure that officials have agreed needs modernization since 2012, and the city’s second IT director in a row with a private sector background. He first rose to the acting director spot four months into his role after Johnson went on leave. Johnson, who was appointed in 2017 by former mayor Catherine Pugh, later left city government.