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San Jose, Calif., Names New CIO

The self-proclaimed capital of Silicon Valley has hired Rob Lloyd, former CIO of Avondale, Ariz., to lead its IT department.

After leading the Avondale, Ariz., Department of Information Technology for the past five years, CIO Rob Lloyd, will step into the capital of Silicon Valley to serve as the director of information technology and CIO for San Jose, Calif., filling the void that will soon be left by retiring CIO Vijay Sammeta.

City Manager Norbert Dueñas made the announcement after ratification from the City Council.

In the position, Lloyd will manage a $21 million budget and 83 employees. Among his top priorities are overseeing the technology upgrades for the city’s enterprise systems including budget, financial management, personnel, planning and permitting solutions.

Sitting in the heart of Silicon Valley, Lloyd will now have an abundance of resources from potential partnerships with local universities, as well as a well-educated, highly trained labor pool.

“The incredible creativity and innovation in Silicon Valley is inspiring,” Lloyd said, “I’m looking forward to working with city departments and the IT team to serve this community.”

In his time at Avondale, Lloyd was named one of Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers of 2015 for his commitment to IT excellence and his 80 percent project success rate. One of the keys to his administration was his emphasis on goals rather than precise specifications for projects.

Lloyd, who has previously served as CIO of Ashland, Ore., and Chief of Information Technologies for Colorado’s Parks and Wildlife Department, will start mid-July following Sammeta's departure.

Ryan McCauley was a staff writer for Government Technology magazine from October 2016 through July 2017, and previously served as the publication's editorial assistant.