Hans Utz is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the City of Atlanta and supports the COO and the Mayor in assembling the city’s $1.8B budget and managing 12 operating departments, including the Police, Fire, Public Works and Parks and Recreation departments. Hans wears many hats on a day-to-day basis, from developing legislation that supports key policy initiatives, to engaging with constituents and communities to ensure their needs are met, to driving efficiency and scale throughout city operations. He has ridden on the side of garbage trucks during sanitation collections, sideseat on fire trucks during emergency response, and in the backseat of police cruisers on patrol. The latter was by choice and work-related. He promises.
Hans has an engineering background, with both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees awarded from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Previous to his role with the city he worked in management consulting with Bain & Co., and has experience with private equity acquisition diligence and portfolio management. He has a particular interest in local economic development and is a tireless promoter of Atlanta as a great place for entrepreneurs. He has spoken at Big Data Week Atlanta and serves on the board of StartupAtlanta.
In his free time Hans sits on a couch and revels in the fact that he actually has free time. As he writes this he is trying to remember the last time that happened. He and his wife have two children, ages 3 and 5. He has yet to decide whether they keep him young or wear him out, and admits it is probably both.
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