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Geographic Information Sciences Department

 

Meet the GIO

Jessica R. Swinney, GISP

Jessica Renee Owens Swinney was appointed the Geographic Information Officer July 1st, 2004. Prior to this appointment she served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Circuit Court Clerk's Office. Jessica has worked with Wise County GIS since its inception in 1999. Jessica's seven years experience working with the Wise County Circuit Court Clerk as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) prepared her for the current challenge.

Mrs. Swinney has lead many of the court's information technology improvements in her seven valuable years of public service to the citizens of Wise County and Norton. The Certified Deputy Circuit Court Clerk focused much of her dedicated energies to ensuring various e-government applications benefiting the productivity and efficiency of the clerk's office as well as unparalleled public access to court indices, documents, maps and trial court proceeding via the Internet advanced by the policies of the clerk.

Working with the clerk's office vendor MIXNET Corporation, Mrs. Swinney has assisted in the research and development of Virginia first web-based land conveyance document access system in 1999; Virginia first recordation of an electronic deed via the Internet in 2000; Virginia's first electronic GIS with a deed document layer linked to parcel maps in 2001; and Virginia's first electronic Certificate of Satisfaction filed by a private sector banking institution in 2002.

A professional, Mrs. Swinney earned an undergraduate degree in Computer Science in 1996 from East Tennessee State University prior to commencing work with the Wise Circuit Court clerk's office. She also earned a graduate degree in Organizational Management from Tusculum College in Greenville, Tennessee while working full-time in 1999. Mrs. Swinney also earned a certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Mountain Empire Community College using ESRI Arc View 3x and Arc View 8x software programs and extensions in 2003. 

Mrs. Swinney is a graduate of the Wise County Forward program sponsored by the Wise County Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Swinney is often making presentations to community groups about GIS mapping.

Jessica expects to become one of the first 500 individuals awarded designation as GISP (www.gisci.org) for the GIS Certification Institute in the fall of 2004.

Jessica R Owens Swinney is a native of Big Stone Gap, Virginia graduating from Powell Valley High School, she resides in Big Stone Gap with her husband Pat and their son Owen.

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