Orange County, Calif., CIO Mahesh Patel announced his retirement this Monday, according to the Orange County Register, and his last day will be March 6. The county received a 2013 Best of the Web award from the Center for Digital Government, a sister organization to Government Technology.

Patel became CIO in 2011. In September 2013, he discussed some of the county's initiatives. "On May 14, 2013, the Board of Supervisors awarded a contract to SAIC to provide data center, service desk, desktop support and application services over the next five years, renewable for two additional one-year periods," he said in the county's newsletter. "On September 10, 2013, the Board approved a contract with Xerox Corp. to provide end-to-end support of the county’s voice and data network systems and to transform our existing architecture to a converged voice and data network."

Patel also discussed his plans for increasing efficiency through shared services, saying the county funds and maintains 13 data centers, 18 email systems, and more than eight storage area networks.

According to the Register, Patel sent an email saying, "My reasons are purely personal and I believe this is the right time for me to make a change."