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Boston tech chief to step down

“It’s time, I think, for somebody new to come in,” Jascha Franklin-Hodge said. “I took this job with a long list of ideas and plans. We’ve gotten a lot of that stuff done.”
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“It’s time, I think, for somebody new to come in,” Jascha Franklin-Hodge said. “I took this job with a long list of ideas and plans. We’ve gotten a lot of that stuff done.”

The City of Boston will soon be in the market for a chief information officer. The current occupant of the post, Jascha Franklin-Hodge, said Thursday that he’s planning to step down in January.

“It’s time, I think, for somebody new to come in,” Franklin-Hodge said. “I took this job with a long list of ideas and plans. We’ve gotten a lot of that stuff done.”

Among accomplishments during his tenure, the city redesigned its Boston.gov Internet portal; created the Boston 311 service, which provides nonemergency services via the Web, telephone, and Twitter; and used data analytics to boost city services, such as a new website where renters get detailed histories of rental properties.

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“We’ve really tried to focus on using technology to make city government more accessible to people in Boston,” Franklin-Hodge said.

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Franklin-Hodge dropped out of the computer science program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998 to launch a career that has combined private-sector success with political activism. After four years as director of music software development at the online company AOL, he cofounded Blue State Digital, a software developer that developed political tools for liberal candidates and causes, in 2004. A decade later, he left the company to take up his current post.

Franklin-Hodge hasn’t decided on his next move. “I’m actually going to be taking a little break from work, a sabbatical of sorts,” he said.

Hiawatha Bray can be reached at hiawatha.bray@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeTechLab.