Vallejo, Calif., IT Director Leaves for Concord, Calif.

The turnover of senior-level employees at Vallejo, Calif., City Hall continued Monday as longtime Information & Technology Director Greg Taylor accepted a similar position with the city of Concord, Calif.

by John Glidden, Times-Herald / October 1, 2019
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(TNS) — The turnover of senior-level employees at Vallejo, Calif., city hall continued Monday as longtime Information & Technology Director Greg Taylor accepted a similar position with the city of Concord, Calif., officials with both cities confirmed to the Times-Herald.

Vallejo City spokeswoman Joanna Altman confirmed that Friday was Taylor’s last day with the city of Vallejo.

“Greg has a strong background in network operations and security,” Concord City Manager Valerie Barone said in a statement. “He has been highly commended by his colleagues and peers for his ability to implement projects with limited resources, and we believe he will be a tremendous asset to Concord’s leadership team.”

According to Taylor’s LinkedIn page, he began as an IT manager with the city of Vallejo in 2007. He was elevated to IT Director in 2013.

“Concord is a vibrant community and the city is working on some exciting initiatives, including Smart City efforts, innovative public safety technology and a Broadband Master Plan,” Taylor said in the same Concord release. “I am thankful for the opportunity to help elevate the city’s technology for the benefit of our staff and residents.”

Prior to Concord’s announcement on Monday afternoon, Taylor’s name was removed from the city of Vallejo’s website.

Chief Innovation Officer Naveed Ashraf has been tapped to oversee the IT division for the time being, Altman said. It’s not known yet if Vallejo will hire a new IT director.

Ashraf “will be working on assessing the organizational structure to assist in determining whether the city will proceed with filling the director position or consider an alternative structure for IT,” she added.

Created during the current fiscal year, the chief innovation officer position is tasked with making technology system improvements throughout the city organization.

Ashraf began with the city on Sept. 23 and is currently earning an annual salary of $159,612.

Taylor’s departure and Ashraf’s hiring isn’t the only recent turnover at City Hall.

Earlier in September, San Jose Police Department Deputy Chief Shawny Williams was picked as Vallejo’s new police chief. The appointment is contingent on passing a final background check.

Williams replaces former Police Chief Andrew Bidou, who retired in the summer after five years with the city of Vallejo. Williams is expected to begin in November and earn an annual base salary of $261,605, which is slightly less than City Manager Greg Nyhoff’s annual salary of $265,000.

Nyhoff confirmed during a recent Vallejo City Council meeting that he has selected a new planning & development services director. The city has yet to announce the name.

The incumbent, Rob White, suddenly left the position in March 2019 — after just three months on the job.

At the time, the city’s website listed Assistant City Manager Anne Cardwell as the acting director. Currently, Nyhoff is listed in the position.

Both the planning manager and chief building official report to the planning & development services director.

©2019 Times-Herald (Vallejo, Calif.). Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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