After serving for two years as San Joaquin County CIO, Chris Cruz, who spent most of his career in high-level positions in California state government, is leaving public service to join a private sector firm, he confirmed.
Cruz left his position as deputy CIO and chief deputy director for the California Department of Technology (CDT) in April 2019. In 2015 he was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve as second-in-command with CIO Amy Tong where he managed over 1,000 CDT employees and a budget of more than $400 million.
The move to San Joaquin County ended 15 years of service to California state government for Cruz, including stints as the lead technology officer for the Departments of Food and Agriculture and Health Care Services.