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Longtime Tech Leader Takes Root in Marin County IT

Veteran state and local government IT leader Liza Lowery Massey has been named as the Bay Area County's CIO.

Liza Lowery Massey, a veteran of state and local government IT, has been named Marin County’s new chief of the Department of Information Services and Technology (IST).

Massey begins her new position May 21. Assistant County Administrator Dan Eilerman has served as IST's interim director since January.

Most recently, Massey was chief information officer for Tennessee's Department of Human Services. Her team provided technical and business solutions for the purposes of temporary economic assistance, work opportunities and protective services.

Before her state position, Massey led the nonprofit Nashville Technology Council, worked as an independent consultant, and founded and managed a private consulting firm for the public sector. Earlier in her career, she led the information technology departments for San Francisco, Los Angeles and Milpitas. Massey has also served as an adjunct university professor and in advisory roles related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs at the high school level. She has also written books, research papers and magazine articles on government technology.

Massey said she joined Marin due to her renewed desire to work in local government and relocate back to the West Coast. Her annual salary will be $203,299.

Marin's former CIO, Charlie Haase, took the position of CIO for Modesto in January. Haase had been with Marin County since November 2012. Before that, he was Shasta County’s chief technology officer for nearly 14 years. He also has IT experience in the private sector.  

Haase is taking over a department that has had its issues. John Dickey, the former CIO, was removed from running the department last May after a city investigation found morale and management problems in the department. Dickey has said he stepped into a difficult role, and the department had had several CIOs in the past decade.  

Tribune Content Agency LLC contributed to this report.This story was originally published by Techwire

Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C.
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