DAVID BEHEN:





 
 
 
 
 
CIO, Washtenaw County. Leading the home county of the University of Michigan and Internet2 into the e-government age; also responsible for Wireless Washtenaw, a plan to blanket the entire county with free wireless Internet access.


WHERE BORN: Detroit

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "One would be my dad for sure. He always found time, even with eight kids, to coach us and teach us right from wrong. He is a man of great integrity. Two, Iíd have to say (Washtenaw County deputy administrator) Frank Cambria, because when I came to the county I had lost a little fire in my belly for public service. He gave me back the enthusiasm for public service. Not only professionally but personally as well, heís helped me a lot."

LAST BOOK READ: "Against All Enemies," by Richard Clarke.

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Loyal. Having integrity. Hard working. Fun."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "I think technology is going to fundamentally change the way government works, just as it has changed the way business works. I think people are going to demand services from us 24-7, and I think will become more effective and efficient because of it."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "The Blackberry. I resisted it because I thought it was too big and bulky, but man oh man, it has changed my life."

FAVORITE PLACE: "Home with my family."

FAVORITE HOBBY: "Reading."

FAVORITE FOOD: "Iím going to sound like a teenager here, but I love pizza."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "I havenít done it in years, but I was a heck of a baseball coach at one time. I coached a team of 17- and 18-year-olds that finished third in the country. And I cook."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "As someone who really took public service as a noble endeavor and instilled the values of public service in others."

At the annual awards reception in May 2015, one Leader & Innovator from the previous 12 months will be selected as the Leader & Innovator of the Year.