Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced July 30 that the interim general manager of the city’s Information Technology Agency, Ted Ross, will become the permanent replacement to former general manager Steve Reneker, who left the city in May. The proposed change will make Ross the official head of the agency of 460 employees who oversee an annual IT budget of $85 million.
“Technology is at the core of my work to transform Los Angeles into the model modern city, and I know Ted Ross has the vision and experience necessary to help me get there,” Garcetti said.
The official appointment is pending city council approval. Ross is recognized for leading tech projects that include development of the city’s open data portal.
In May, the Mayor’s office also took on Director of Innovation Delivery Amanda Daflos, who joined the city as part of a three-year Bloomberg grant. Los Angeles’ tech leadership was recognized as part of Government Technology's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of 2015, and the city of Los Angeles also placed first in the 2014 Digital Cities Survey, run by the Center for Digital Government, sister organization to Government Technology.