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Orange County, Calif., Deepens IT Bench With Two New Hires

Longtime technologist Ed Althof will serve as the new assistant chief information officer and chief technology officer. Kc Roestenberg was recently appointed as the county’s new CIO following the July 7 departure of Joel Golub.

Southern California’s third most populous local government has filled out its C-suite, following the departure of a longtime IT leader.

Orange County, which at nearly 3.2 million residents is the state’s third most populated county, has named longtime technologist Ed Althof as its new assistant chief information officer and chief technology officer. Althof’s first day at the county will be Friday.
Ed Althof
Ed Althof

And as of July 8, veteran county director Kc Roestenberg has been named Orange County’s new chief information officer — ascending to the role immediately following the July 7 departure of longtime CIO Joel Golub, who joined Oracle’s Industry Strategy and Executive Outreach. Roestenberg’s career at Orange County dates to 1982 and includes time as its director of enterprise services. He was most recently the county’s director of IT Shared Services, according to his LinkedIn account. Roestenberg’s education includes studies at the University of Phoenix.

In serving as assistant CIO and CTO, Althof will take on an “existing position that was formally held by the current CIO, [Roestenberg],” the county told Industry Insider — California. The new CTO’s responsibilities will include “the majority of IT, ongoing support, and strategic project initiatives,” according to the county, including “day-to-day operational support for agencies [Orange County Information Technology] OCIT provides services for, and a slew of ongoing projects already in the queue.”
A longtime private-sector executive, Althof’s public-sector service dates to January 2009 according to his LinkedIn profile, when he joined the city of Mission Viejo as a Community Services Commission member and chairman. Immediately prior to coming to Orange County, he joined Ventura County in September 2011 as its deputy CIO, Application and Enterprise Systems Services. Althof has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a master’s in public administration, public leadership and management, both from California State University, Northridge.

This article was originally published by Industry Insider - California, Government Technology's sister publication.
Theo Douglas is assistant managing editor for Industry Insider — California, and before that was a staff writer for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes covering municipal, county and state governments, business and breaking news. He has a Bachelor's degree in Newspaper Journalism and a Master's in History, both from California State University, Long Beach.