SAN DIEGO, Calif. — San Diego County CIO Harold Tuck is retiring, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Helen N. Robbins-Meyer announced Wednesday, April 4.

Robbins-Meyer said Tuck told her that when he reached a certain birthday, he would retire, but that she hoped he would forget about it.

The birthday in question is 60 years old, which for Tuck is coming up in July. Tuck said that while he will be leaving his post as CIO, he was keeping his options open.

Robbins-Meyer — addressing the Digital Communities CIO Leadership Meeting — said she still hoped that Tuck might change his mind, and that his abilities and accomplishments in San Diego have earned him wide recognition.

“Harold has been in more magazines than Kim Kardashian,” she joked. Tuck was the subject of numerous articles and  videos focusing on San Diego’s groundbreaking IT outsourcing arrangement that began in 1999 with CSC and continues today with Hewlett-Packard.

Robbins-Meyer said she is a huge fan of IT outsourcing. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without outsourcing,” she said, adding that the contract alleviates some of the stress of budget battles. “It’s not perfect,” she said, “but it is here to stay. The majority of our staff don’t know anything different. It’s part of our culture.”

Tuck hosted the CIO Leadership meeting, leading attendees on a tour of a new Government Operations Center, the Office of Emergency Services and Medical Examiner's facility.

Tuck joined San Diego County in 1986 as an electronic data processing coordinator for health services.

He was named one of Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of 2011.

Wayne Hanson  |  Staff Writer and Editor of Digital Communities

Wayne E. Hanson has been a writer and editor with e.Republic since 1989, and has worked for several business units including Government Technology magazine, the Center for Digital Government, Governing, and is currently editor and writer for Digital Communities specializing in local government. Hanson was a juror from 1999 to 2004 with the Stockholm Challenge and Global Junior Challenge competitions in information technology and education. He self-published three books of fiction and lives in Sacramento with his wife, Jeannie.