Government Performance Pioneer to Support ClearGov’s Rapid Growth
Hopkinton, MA (1/9/18) – ClearGov, a leading municipal transparency and benchmarking platform, announced today that former Maryland Governor, Martin O’Malley, has been elected to ClearGov’s board of directors.
O’Malley served as Governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015 and previously served as Mayor of Baltimore for eight years. O’Malley is widely recognized for his innovative approach to data-driven governing and has earned a reputation for pragmatic and effective governance via analytics.
“Governor O’Malley is a true pioneer in data-driven governance,” said Chris Bullock, ClearGov’s CEO and Chairman. “We believe his extensive experience in implementing performance management and analytics in government will be instrumental as ClearGov continues to expand rapidly across the country.”
Utilizing publicly available data, ClearGov has built nearly 40,000 infographic profiles of local governments and school districts. Hundreds of local government agencies leverage the ClearGov platform to increase transparency and gather financial insights through the company’s sophisticated municipal benchmarking tools.
“A data-driven approach to governing has become the norm in large cities,” said Gov. O’Malley. “ClearGov represents a powerful platform for tens of thousands of small and mid-size communities to take advantage of the latest technologies to improve government decision-making and drive transparency with a turnkey solution and minimal investment.”
“We targeted an independent director that would bring relevant and extensive government experience to the ClearGov team, and Governor O’Malley was at the top of our list,” said Bryan Burdick, ClearGov’s President. “He is a proven leader at both the municipal and state level and we look forward to leveraging his real-world insights.”
O’Malley graduated from Catholic University, and went on to earn his law degree from the University of Maryland in 1988. That same year, he was appointed as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the City of Baltimore. Driven by the epidemic of crime, drugs, and poverty that he witnessed as a lawyer, O’Malley ran for Baltimore City Council at the age of 28, where he served for eight years.
In 1999, O’Malley was elected Mayor of Baltimore where he implemented a performance management and mapping program called CitiStat, which achieved tremendous success in improving the responsiveness, effectiveness and efficiency of the City’s operations. The program is credited with saving the city $100 million through analytics-based service delivery and achieving the largest ten year crime reduction of any major city in America. These accomplishments earned O’Malley Time Magazine’s distinction of “one of America’s top five big city mayors.”
In 2007 O’Malley was elected Governor of Maryland and brought his analytical prowess to the state house by establishing StateStat. The widely-acclaimed program measurably improved the performance of government workers, improved water quality and deterred crime. Under O’Malley’s leadership, Maryland’s school system became the top public school system in America for five years and the US Chamber of Commerce ranked Maryland the best state for innovation and entrepreneurship for three years in a row. Dozens of cities and states across the country have since adopted similar programs.
To explore ClearGov’s local government transparency and benchmarking platform visit http://www.cleargov.com.
ClearGov transforms city and town financial statements into accessible, easy-to-understand infographics to help citizens better understand how their tax dollars are being put to use. Local governments use ClearGov’s SaaS solutions to reduce operational inefficiencies, make informed budgetary decisions and improve communication with citizens.