Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is finally going to hire a new chief digital officer (CDO) - almost a year after promising to appoint a new technology chief for the capital, which reports back then suggested would be made within weeks.
The announcement was made by the Mayor today.
One of the roles for the new CDO will be to help make London "the world's leading ‘smart city'", according to a statement from City Hall, the office of the Mayor of London.
This will include working with the Smart London Board and City Hall to develop and deliver a new Smart London Strategy.
In addition, they will also be expected to anticipate and respond to the effect of potentially disruptive new technologies, both in terms of policy and action, as well as to promote and support the implementation of the Mayor's digital inclusion and cyber-security policies.
"London is a world-leading hub for digital technology, data science and urban innovation. These technologies have the potential to transform the way that Londoners and visitors experience our city," said Khan.
He continued: "I want to take the digital transformation of our public services to the next level, so we can improve the ways in which we plan and deliver public services for Londoners.
"I am delighted to begin my search for a chief digital officer, so we can make London an even smarter smart city and use our incredible technological abilities to the best effect."
Khan said that the appointment of the CDO would represent the fulfilment of one of his manifesto commitments - after he was accused of hastily breaking a number of promises only shortly after he was elected.
"As London's CDO, working in the Mayor's Office, you will convene GLA officials, the Smart London Board, local authorities and the technology sectors to encourage collaboration and adoption of common standards around data and service transformation, to drive the development of smart city technology, and to build London's reputation as the city that the world looks to for leadership in urban innovation," according to the freshly posted job advert.
London's first chief digital officer will enjoy a salary of £106,952 per annum, plus benefits, which includes a generous ‘career average' pension scheme. Applications for the role will close on 23 May.
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