Local Government Performance Guru Heads Back to Louisville

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Daro Mott will return to the Louisville Metro Government as chief of performance improvement.

After a stint that has lasted less than one year with the Cuyahoga County government in Ohio, a leading performance and innovation official plans to return to Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration in Louisville, Kentucky, where he previously held a top post.

The move by Daro Mott was announced Wednesday by Fischer’s office and by Armond Budish, the executive of Cuyahoga County —a jurisdiction that encompasses Cleveland and many of its suburbs. Mott will rejoin the Louisville Metro Government as chief of performance improvement.

He will return as Theresa Reno-Weber, chief of performance and technology in Louisville, departs to take a position as president and CEO of Metro United Way, beginning in January.

It was just last December, about eight months ago, when Budish announced that Mott was coming to Cuyahoga County as its chief innovation officer. “With Mott on board we will have one of the leading experts in performance improvement in place,” he said at the time.

Prior to taking the job in the Buckeye State, Mott worked as director of quality and performance under Fischer.

“Our family did the best we could to establish new ties and a new life in Cleveland,” Mott said in a statement Wednesday, “but our connection to Louisville was too strong, and it was difficult to pass up the opportunity to continue innovation work in a community that is still important to us.”

Budish credited Mott with helping the county make strides to improve customer service and to develop performance measurements, among other things, and wished him well.

Mott is expected to remain in his role with the county through the end of the year, according to Budish’s office.

Mott played a key part during his previous tenure in Louisville in advancing the so-called LouieStat program, according to Fischer. The program uses data to help track the performance of local government agencies in the Louisville metro area.

Also on Wednesday, Fischer announced that Louisville’s chief of civic innovation, Ted Smith, was leaving to become CEO of Revon Systems, a health technology company.

He’ll be replaced by Grace Simrall, founder of a firm called iGlass Analytics and most recently executive director of innovation for a subsidiary of Intel Corp., Care Innovations, which does work involving the collection, aggregation and analysis of healthcare sector data.

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