(BLOOMINGTON) – Mayor John Hamilton has named Devta Kidd as the new Director of Innovation for the City of Bloomington. Having started in this role in a part-time capacity in mid-November, Kidd assumed her position on a full-time basis January 2, succeeding outgoing director Tom Miller.
Recommended by Hamilton and approved by City Council in 2016, the City’s Office of Innovation is responsible for leading the effort to optimize and innovate in the delivery of City services. A primary responsibility of the office is to anticipate how technological advances might intersect with City services and functions and how best to respond to changes. Among the office’s initiatives are the Transmap project creating a pavement condition survey and sign assessment inventory and the incorporation of iPads for rental and fire inspections. In addition, the office is charged with evaluating and improving the organization’s effectiveness and potential for future adaptability.
“In our rapidly changing world, the City continues to encounter unprecedented challenges — and tremendous opportunities — that demand a dynamic approach to the way we deliver services,” Hamilton commented. “Devta has a proven record of helping organizations work as efficiently as possible and in tandem with these changes. We are glad to have her experience to help guide our resources and practices.”
Kidd has worked in organizational effectiveness and process improvement for companies ranging from the very small to the very large in the fields of government, technology, and healthcare. Most recently, Kidd was Managing Director at Monarch Media, Inc. for the collective intelligence software platform GroupMind. In this role, she developed a strategic plan for the product and oversaw the product’s first major upgrade in four years.
Previously, Kidd worked at IU Health Bloomington Hospital as a Deployment Leader in the Office of Transformation serving the Emergency Department, where she worked with doctors, nurses and technicians to evaluate and improve processes and practices. In her previous role as Senior Organization Effectiveness Consultant at IU Health, Kidd developed and implemented a collaborative action planning process for all departments to use with employees to respond to input from their annual employee engagement survey.
Kidd holds a Master’s of Science in Positive Organization Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Kidd’s salary will be $74, 256.