The city official who helped lure Google Fiber to Raleigh is leaving for the private sector. Gail Roper, the city’s chief information officer, will resign her post on June 5.
In about nine years here, she launched the city’s open data program, directed the city’s construction of a fiber-optic network and oversaw the implementation of new software.
Roper will become the technology strategy director for The St. Joe Company, a real-estate developer and manager in Watersound, Fla.
She’ll be focused on the use of broadband and technology in communities, along with the “Internet of Things,” or the way that physical devices and buildings can connect to the Internet, according to a news release for the city of Raleigh.
“Thirty years ago, I entered the public sector from the private sector with a desire to serve the public,” Roper said, according to the statement. “I leave with that same desire to serve the community.”
Roper first became Raleigh’s chief information officer in September 2006. She left in 2009 to serve the same role in the city of Austin, but returned seven months later because she couldn’t sell her home in Raleigh, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
She previously was chief information officer for Kansas City, Mo.