Analyst Profile

Bill Finnerty

Bill Finnerty

VP Analyst

7 years at Gartner,  24 years industry experience

Location:  PA USA  | Language(s):  English

Roles and Responsibilities

Bill Finnerty is a VP Analyst in Gartner Research, where Mr. Finnerty is a member of the public-sector team covering smart cities/communities and public safety and justice including the topics digital government technology platforms, digital twins in government, geospatial technologies, industry vendors and strategy.


Previous Experience

Mr. Finnerty previously served as the Chief Information Officer for the Pennsylvania Department of State, where he was responsible for the Department's IT strategic direction, budget, policy and staffing strategies. While at the Department of State, he established an agile project management methodology, implemented an ITIL practice, oversaw system modernization projects, and worked on projects to deliver online services to the public. He was also the Director of Information Technology for Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, where he led the Information Technology, ERP, GIS, Elections and Archive departments. During his tenure with the county, he implemented a social media program, oversaw the implementation of a county-owned microwave network, and the creation of a county information security division. He also held key positions on a number of governance boards including public safety, records committee and the executive leadership team. He has also been an Adjunct Professor for Central Pennsylvania College, where he taught classes in system analysis and design, ethics, and application development.

Professional Background

  • Central Pennsylvania College, Adjunct Professor, 10 years
  • Cumberland County, Director of Information Technology, 13 years
  • Pennsylvania Department of State, Chief Information Officer, 3 years


  • Bachelor of Science, in Elementary Education, Mansfield University
  • Masters of Information Systems, Shippensburg University