The city of Durham has hired a new technology director.
City Manager Patrick Baker announced the appointment of Ramin Kouzehkanani to fill the post Thursday. Kouzehkanani was previously the chief information officer for the city of Sarasota, Fla.
He holds a master's degree in business administration from Western New England College in Springfield, Mass., and a bachelor's degree in computer science and statistics from the University of Brighton in Brighton, England.
Kouzehkanani also served a stint as a coach and professional soccer player.
Baker quipped to City Council members at a meeting Thursday that if they were stumped on just how to pronounce the new hire's name, they could refer to him as Coach K -- if that nickname had not already been taken by the famous Duke University basketball coach.
Kouzehkanani will start his new job Jan. 23 at an annual salary of $103,000.