California’s Office of Technology Services (OTech) has a new second-in-command.

The California Technology Agency named Jeff Uyeda as the chief deputy director at OTech on Thursday, March 22. Uyeda, who currently serves as chief of administrative services for the California Highway Patrol, will manage shared IT and data center services for the state. His tentative start date is Monday, April 9.

OTech is one of three offices in the California Technology Agency. It delivers computing, networking, electronic messaging and training services to state agencies. Uyeda’s selection follows on the heels of Ron Hughes being appointed director of OTech by California Gov. Jerry Brown on March 20.

Prior to his position with the California Highway Patrol, Uyeda was assistant secretary of state at the California Secretary of State’s Office. He also worked as director of business development of state and local government with IBM and has a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and management information systems from California State University, Sacramento.

California Technology Agency Secretary Carlos Ramos — who was named the top technology executive in the state last June — said Uyeda’s career history made him a perfect fit for OTech.

“With over 30 years of state government and private-sector technology experience, Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that make him uniquely qualified for this important position,” Ramos said in a statement. “His extensive management and administrative experience will be an incredible asset.”

In an interview with Government Technology, Uyeda said he hasn’t yet had a chance to connect with Hughes to discuss OTech’s immediate priorities. But in general, Uyeda sees one of his main responsibilities as improving the relationship between OTech and its various customers.

“Obviously you do have to get a little acquainted with the organization, but some of the things I’d like to work on bettering is communication and collaboration, both internally and externally,” he said. “And not just toward our customer agencies, but with the vendor community as well. [I want] to forge true partnerships in those areas.”

Brian Heaton  |  Senior Writer

Brian Heaton is a senior writer for Government Technology. He primarily covers technology legislation and IT policy issues. Brian started his journalism career in 1998, covering sports and fitness for two trade publications based in Long Island, N.Y. He's also a member of the Professional Bowlers Association, and competes in regional tournaments throughout Northern California and Nevada.