San Francisco gets new telecom, IS chief

Liza Lowery took the helm Monday as the director of the San Francisco's Department of Telecommunications and Information Services (DTIS), with the Year 2000 problem and a 911 project heading her list of priorities.

Lowery was appointed by Mayor Willie Brown to succeed acting director Julia Friedlander, a deputy city attorney. Lowery previously served as chief information officer for Milpitas, Calif.

Lowery said she will make sure the department is prepared for Year 2000 before she turns her attention to the city's 911 project, which includes integrating San Francisco's police and fire departments' emergency dispatch units.

"We are supporting that effort, which will be an integrated system with mobile terminals" and a more advanced emergency management system, she said.

DTIS is responsible for telecommunications services for the city's 25,000 employees; the police, fire and emergency medical response systems; San Francisco's mainframe computer center and more. "I want to make sure that we continue to deliver the best service possible and keep us at the forefront of using technology to support the citizens of San Francisco," Lowery said.

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