CIO Stepping Down from Key California Agency

The CIO of the California Health and Human Services Agency's Office of Systems Integration, Peter Kelly, is stepping down.

by Dennis Noone, Techwire / January 9, 2018
Peter Kelly, chief deputy director of the California Health and Human Services Agency's Office of Systems Integration. Jessica Mulholland

Peter Kelly, chief deputy director and CIO of the California Health and Human Services Agency’s Office of Systems Integration (OSI), is stepping down from that role and will instead serve as interim product director for a new initiative before leaving the department.

Kelly’s move is the second major OSI leadership change in recent weeks. Techwire reported in early December that OSI Director John Boule was leaving the agency to work for a consortium of California counties. Rebecca Stilling will serve as acting OSI director until a permanent director is selected through the governor’s appointment process.

Matt Schueller will serve as Acting OSI Chief Deputy Director as the organization conducts a recruitment for the permanent appointment,” says a notice posted today on the OSI blog. “Matt has been with OSI for 9 years. ...” Since 2015, Schueller has served as OSI’s deputy director and chief administrative officer, overseeing Financial and Legislative Services, Human Resources, Acquisition and Contracting Services and the Information Technology Office.

In a farewell letter last week to colleagues in the California Health and Human Services Agency and the Office of Systems Integration, Kelly wrote:

“I will be moving on to the next chapter in my personal and professional life in the early part of 2018. This is a decision that has been many months in the making. These next pages will be about exploration for me as they have not yet been outlined or drafted. I have yet to decide on what comes next.”

Kelly, 39, also praised his colleagues: “This last year has been filled with many challenges for me. You have taught me a lot about myself, and I hope that I was able to share something with all of you. You are all government leaders and I’ve never once heard anyone say, 'That’s not my job.'” 

Bill Maile, communications director for OSI’s Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS) project, issued this statement from the department:

“We are appreciative of Peter Kelly, who served in role of chief deputy while at same time continuing to be supportive and a champion of the CWDS project. With Peter’s decision to step down from the chief deputy role and seek new career opportunities, we are grateful that he has agreed to stay with OSI for a while longer, to help the project achieve its first release of working code to county child welfare workers.”

Snapshot, planned for release in early February, “will significantly streamline the availability of information to the workers that will help them be even more effective at helping children,” Maile said. “All eyes are on the success of this release and, with Peter’s full engagement, we believe CWDS will achieve this important milestone.”

Kelly, who was named to the OSI position one year ago, has worked in the public and private sectors of the information technology industry for more than 20 years. His experience includes agile development and user-centered design in the public and private sectors. He was chief of the CA-MMIS Division Project Management Office from 2014 to 2015, deputy director of the FI$Cal project from 2009 to 2010, and a computer scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Lab from 2000 to 2006. He has also worked for Deloitte, Cambria Solutions, Public Consulting Group and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

Kelly is a certified project management professional and a certified scrum master. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and an MBA from California State University, Sacramento.

This story was originally published by Techwire