About the Speaker
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    Randy Cress
    Assistant County Manager / CIO, Rowan County, NC

    Randy J. Cress is the Assistant County Manager and Chief Information Officer for Rowan County, bringing over two decades of service in enhancing government technology and digital strategies. As CIO since October 2015, he has led the development of a fully virtualized data center and the adoption of cloud services to improve efficiency. His work involves collaboration across 22 county departments and local public safety agencies, focusing on integrating technology to support public services. Randy holds a Master's in Public Administration from Appalachian State University and a BBA in Information Technology from Catawba College, alongside a Certified Government Chief Information Officer certification from UNC Chapel Hill. He is a member of the North Carolina Joint Cyber Task Force, contributing to local government cybersecurity efforts.