Glendale has hired Feroz Merchhiya as its new chief information officer.
Merchhiya has 22 years of experience working in traditional and emerging technology industries.
Most recently he worked for KAYGEN, a Southern California professional services firm. And he provided security consulting services for LA Metro, the largest transit authority in the nation.
In his new position, Merchhiya will be directly responsible for the city’s strategic use of technology operations to improve processes, capture data analytics and enhance services.
“Mr. Merchhiya is an accomplished performance-driven technology leader who is fully prepared to lead our organization as CIO,” Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps said. “He clearly understands the important role IT plays in delivering seamless services to our citizens and the impact those innovations have on business development.”
“This is an exciting time to be joining the city of Glendale as it continues to invest in and pursue new processes, systems and innovations,” Merchhiya said. “As residents, employees, businesses and visitors continue to increase their digital interactions with local governments, the responsibilities of the IT department have never been more important. I am excited to begin working with a great team of professionals that I know is dedicated and motivated to continuous learning and innovations.”
Merchhiya has a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and a Master of Arts degree in economics from the University of Karachi. He is certified in advanced project management from Stanford University.
Merchhiya joined the city Monday, Aug. 3.