Bill Schrier

State of Washington



Bill Schrier is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the City of Seattle and director of the City's Department of Information Technology (DoIT).  Seattle has a population of about 560,000 residents and a City government of about 11,000 employees.   DoIT has 215 full-time employees and approximately 600 City government employees work in information technology units.

As CTO, Schrier is responsible to set standards and policies governing the use of information technology in City government.   As Director of DoIT, Schrier responsibilities include the city's data center, computing services, information security, web site, municipal television station, community technology, electronic mail system, public safety radio system, telephone network, and data communications network.  Schrier has been working in information technology with the City of Seattle since 1982.

The City of Seattle’s website, television station and technology projects have won a number of local and national awards, including “Best of the Web City Portal” in 2001 and 2006 and NATOA’s “Best Municipal Television Station 2007” for the Seattle Channel.

Schrier chairs the Regional Communications Board, which governs the operation of the 800 megahertz public safety radio network for King County.  He is secretary of the Metropolitan Information Exchange (MIX), a national association of City and County CIOs.

He writes a blog about the intersection of information technology and government, how they sometimes collide but often influence and change each other.    It can be found at

Schrier is a retired officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington. His past community involvement includes membership on the Catholic Archdiocesan School Board where he served as president, and the Washington City-County Management Association.