Cruz leaves state for county CIO position

By Published On: February 14, 2019

California’s deputy CIO Chris Cruz will leave state service to become San Joaquin County CIO, effective in April 2019. 

Cruz, 54,has served in the number 2 position since he was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015.  

The move to San Joaquin County will end 15 years of service to California state government for Cruz, including stints as the technology official for the Department of Food and Health, Food and Agriculture, and Health Care Services.

Cruz has managed over 1,000 CDT employees and a budget of over $400 million as deputy CIO, which includes California’s Office of Digital Innovation within the Department of Technology.  

In San Joaquin County, Cruz will join a government that serves roughly 750,000 residents just east of the Bay Area. 

According to the job listing for San Joaquin County’s previous CIO, Cruz will be tasked with expanding body camera use in law enforcement as well as implementing a new enterprise resource planning system. 


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