Sharon Stanley joined Cobb County, Georgia in October 2014 as the Department Director of Information Services (IS) where she is responsible for leading the county's technology strategy and managing overall IT operations and customer service. Sharon has over 25 years of IT experience in the government and private sectors including serving as Commanding Officer at the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Puget Sound, where she partnered with the Regional IT Center to implement the first Department of Defense Pacific Northwest Metropolitan Area Network. She worked in various Senior Director positions with Sprint where she was responsible for Wireless Network Operations, the International Control Center, and Tier 2 Application implementation and support. Prior to moving into county government, she was responsible for 24/7 operations of McKesson's Corporate IT network. Since joining the Cobb County leadership team, Sharon has focused on transforming the role of the IS organization to one of Strategic Partner with the various agencies in the county. Many of her team's collaboration projects with the Cobb departments have received recognition. Cobb Commute, a traffic website providing mobile access to real-time information about congestion, travel speeds, road closures, and construction projects on the county's arterial roads, was presented the Georgia Technology Innovation Showcase Award. Kennesaw State University recognized Cobb GIS for Outstanding GIS Community Engagement. Toggle Magazine featured Sharon and Cobb County's journey into "Big League Digital Government" in its Fall 2017 edition. Recently, Sharon was a recipient of the Info-Tech Research Group 2017/2018 CIO Award at the Enterprise level.
Sharon holds a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University, a master's degree in Information Systems from Naval Postgraduate School and a master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from Naval Command and Staff College.