David.Whicker

David L. Whicker serves as the Chief Information Officer for Rockingham County, North Carolina. In this role, he is responsible for the departments of Information Technology Services, GIS, Court Services, and Public Safety (Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire, 911 Communications).

Whicker joined the County in 2010 and has over 15 years of Information Technology experience serving in both the private and public sector. Mr. Whicker is also a contributing author of CIO Leadership for Public Safety Communications: Emerging Trends and Practices from the Public Technology Institute (PTI). Mr. Whicker serves as the Vice-Chair of the Telecommunications and Technology Steering Committee as well as the Cyber Security Task Force with the National Association of Counties (NACo).

As an experienced Information Technology leader, Whicker has a passion to see government operate efficiently and effectively through industry best practices, process improvement methodologies, and information technology solutions.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of David L. Whicker and do not represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary, affiliated companies, or any other organization.

Articles by David.Whicker

If you live on purpose you will lead with purpose
Next Generation Leadership

If you live on purpose you will lead with purpose

The CIO role is one of great influence and leadership. All great leaders are very intentional and they happen to things. As a leader or aspiring leader you must avoid "victim thinking" and begin to live on purpose. You have a choice as an individual and you can choose each day to not be defined by your circumstances. If you can master the guidance in this article then your leadership will become contagious and the world is desperate for great leadership.
August 17, 2015
Why CIOs should be called ‘Chief Influence Officers’
Next Generation Leadership

Why CIOs should be called ‘Chief Influence Officers’

The IT executive today is one of the most important roles within an organization. Debates around exactly what the CIO acronym should morph into have been interesting to say the least. Although this may be settled for now in some organizations, there are others that still wrestle with the glorious possibilities of what the "I" might stand for.Although it's entertaining at best, this distracts from what is required to truly lead.
July 21, 2015
How to avoid being an indecisive leader
Next Generation Leadership

How to avoid being an indecisive leader

Decisions often create division that you cannot avoid, but I will submit to you that this is not an unhealthy truth. It's important to learn how to avoid some of the most common traps leaders often fall into when faced with tough decisions.
June 16, 2015