Chief Information Officer
Arlington County, VirginiaThe Chief Information Officer (CIO) serves both as the Department Director for the Department of Technology Services and as the County's enterprise resource for technology guidance and consultancy. The responsibility of the CIO is to understand the business needs of both the County Government and the residents of Arlington County and to identify technology solutions to best meet the needs of both constituencies.
Jack Belcher is Arlington County's first Chief Information Officer for Arlington County, appointed in August 2000.
He came to Arlington County from the International Monetary Fund, where he led the effort to streamline the creation, review, dissemination and publication of Fund information. Prior to that he served at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, where he led the efforts to begin the modernization of the Commission’s internal mission system infrastructure. The majority of his professional experience has been with the United States House of Representatives where he was recognized by Federal Computer Week as one of the TOP 100 Federal Executives for his innovative work in deploying electronic mail and Internet access to the Congress.
As Arlington County's CIO he has demonstrated continued excellence and innovation and has proven an invaluable asset to the community. On September 11th, his office provided direct technological support for the County’s First Responders and the County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which coordinated the region’s response to the Pentagon crisis. Within forty minutes of the first attack on the World Trade Center, the EOC was up and operational providing necessary coordination for all first responders. Consequently, he and his staff were recognized for their assistance and innovation in extending wireless connectivity to the Pentagon.
Active in community youth sports, Jack Belcher has served as the president of the Arlington Girls Softball Association, as a Board member of the Better Sports Club, and as a tournament Fastpitch coach in both Arlington and Fairfax Counties. Before coming to the County Government, he was recognized as one of the Volunteers of the Year for his civic efforts. He is also a member of the 2004-2005 Class of Leadership Arlington.
He holds both a Master's degree and Doctorate from Georgetown University.