Bryan Sastokas Named New Director of Technology and Innovation for Long Beach, Calif.

Sastokas has gained recognition in other cities for his contributions to public technology and will now try his hand in Long Beach.

Long Beach, Calif., announced on May 27 the appointment of Bryan Sastokas as the city's new director of technology and innovation.

Sastokas, currently the CIO of Oakland, Calif., will lead technology efforts in the city, which also filled a newly formed Technology and Innovation Commission in January. Sastokas replaces Curtis Tani, who retired in September, and has 20 years IT experience, including his time in Oakland and other positions with the city of Modesto, Calif.; Coral Springs, Fla.; the Universal Service Administrative Company; John Hancock Financial Services; Bay Networks; and Stream International.

"Bryan has a proven history of innovation and project delivery," said Pat West, Long Beach city manager, in a statement. "His commitment to technology services for public agencies and history of award-winning service will be a great addition to our senior management team and will continue to help the city's evolution as an innovation and technology leader."

In 2015, Sastokas was named one of Government Technology's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers. Long Beach has some history of innovation, including a partnership with Code for America to develop a mobile app that reduces unneeded 911 calls.

Sastokas earned a masters of science in management from Cambridge College, an undergraduate degree in computer engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a certificate in senior executive leadership from Georgetown University.

Colin wrote for Government Technology and Emergency Management from 2010 through most of 2016.