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San Jose, Calif., CIO Vijay Sammeta Announces Retirement

San Jose CIO and director of the city's IT department Vijay Sammeta has announced that he will step down from his position after over 20 years working for the city.

Vijay Sammeta, CIO of the city of San Jose and director of the city's IT department, is planning to retire in July, according to a March 11 memo from city manager Norberto Dueñas.

Sammeta helped San Jose complete a Customer Information System, Business Tax, and Human Resources/Payroll systems, according to the city. He also worked also municipal wireless initiatives, open data projects and emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things.

Under his leadership, San Jose moved enterprise platforms to the cloud and launched fast wireless service.

“I don’t want to manage technology anymore; I’d rather manage solutions, and I think moving my employees further up that service delivery stack is important," Sammeta said in a 2013 interview with Government Technology. "As we look to build a private cloud in the city, all these appliances and offerings are just pieces of that puzzle."

Also in 2013, downtown San Jose launched one of the nation's fatest Wi-Fi networks.

According to a 2015 story in FutureStructure, Sammeta said San Jose was interested in using the Internet of Things to explore connections between air pollution and traffic, and help with planning and monitoring bike travel.

Sammeta has been with the city of San Jose since 1993.

"Vijay has been a valuable contributor to our senior management team who has always been focused on finding solutions that work in collaboration with our other departments. I have found him a creative and resourceful manager, and even during our most difficult years of constrained resources and organizational sacrifice, he retained his positive energy and strong commitment to public service," Dueñas wrote.

San Jose said it will begin recruiting efforts immediately to fill its CIO position.

This article was originally published on TechWire.

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