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Sherry Swackhamer

Sherry Swackhamer is the Chief Information Officer & Director of County Assets for Multnomah County, Oregon. She was raised in a ranching community in rural, southeast Oklahoma. After college, Sherry worked in the oil and gas industry, spent 9+ years in management consulting, 9+ years in government contracting and arrived at Multnomah County in 2003. At the County she led a variety of IT teams, has been the CIO for 3.5 years, and in her current director role, she has added responsibility for additional non-IT teams: Facilities and Property Management; and Fleet, Records, Electronics, Distribution and Stores managing over 300 FTE. As you might expect, she is always up for a good challenge. Sherry is on the governing bodies of a number of IT-related events including the CIO Executive Summit (Seattle), the Oregon Digital Government Summit, and the iUrban Teen Tech Summit. In 2011, she was voted InnoTech Public Sector IT Executive of the Year.

Sherry is married (to a CIO!) and has an 18 year old daughter, a freshman in college. With the departure of her daughter to college, the family just sold their horse, Codee. With no horse and no daughter, Sherry is in the mist of re-creating her empty-nester life. She enjoys biking, hiking, reading, and buying art.