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Dennis Noone

Dennis Noone is Managing Editor of Techwire. 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. He lives in the Northern California foothills.

“We are excited that Sean brings a proven track record of developing and growing key relationships with state and local government entities across the country,” said Joe Mara, Elastic’s vice president for North American SLED and all Canadian markets.
The new second in command in the state Office of Enterprise Technology, Phoebe Peronto of San Francisco, shares professional roots in the startup world with her new boss, state CTIO Rick Klau.
The position with the nation’s largest public pension fund has been open since February, when the former CISO, Liana Bailey-Crimmins, was appointed state chief technology officer and moved to the California Department of Technology.
With more than 20 years in the technology industry, including the last three with Microsoft, Aparna Jain says she’s excited about her new position, in which she’ll work with California state and local governments.
The research company has elevated Dr. Scott MacDonald to director of field sales for the Western states. The new additions are Matthew Hazlett, regional director for California; and Scott Magerfleisch, who will serve as executive adviser for the company, advising senior executives.
Russ Nichols of the California Department of Technology will deliver a key address at the meeting of the Municipal Information Systems Association of California. The group’s president, Roseville CIO Hong Sae, will deliver his “State of the Association” address, as well.
“Okay, I gave retirement a try,” Curtis Cadwallader wrote on LinkedIn. “That was fine for awhile, but I’m glad to be back doing what I do best, providing solutions as a senior solution architect. ...”
“I’m thrilled to be joining CDT as the state’s first chief product officer,” Michael Cave said. “This is an outstanding opportunity to help both CDT and the state of California.”
Requirements for the position include a strong understanding of IT policy, information security, procurement, and enterprise architecture standards, and expert knowledge of principles of IT project management, approval and oversight processes for IT projects, and the Systems Development Life Cycle.
Drossos has a deep background in technology and managed services used by education agencies. His selection to run Apogee was described by the Texas-based company as “a leadership transition aimed at taking the company to the next level of innovation and growth.”
The county has openings for a chief information officer, a deputy chief information officer, a chief information security officer and a chief data officer.
The agencies seeking applicants include the California Department of Technology, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
Nadean Shavor, who began her career with the state as a programmer in 1996 while in college, has been named CIO for the State Franchise Tax Board.
The CISO will report to the chief information officer and will have full responsibility for all the department’s sensitive data/systems – automated and manual, physical and logical, on-premises and cloud-deployed.
“After 2.5 years working with Gartner’s High Tech vendors, I am thrilled to be joining our California Public Sector team to help equip our state and local government leaders to make the right decisions and stay ahead of change,” Tiffany Mina told Techwire.
“The state technology community holds Pam in high regard,” state Chief Information Officer Amy Tong told Techwire via email. “Throughout her career, she has taken on many difficult roles to advance California’s technology efforts. We welcome her appointment and look forward to her success.”
Gurinder Bains has a background in both the public and private sectors. He most recently served in state government as the chief information officer for the California Student Aid Commission.
Michael Hogan joins the company with more than 25 years’ experience in telecom and technology sales management, and Tina Park has a new role within the company after advising Spectrum Enterprise clients for more than 17 years.
Responsibilities of the role include oversight of IT contracting, procurement and vendor management. The incumbent also manages IT sourcing and procurements and project life cycle, including scope and requirements definition, timeline development, resource allocation, and cost accounting.
Individuals and teams in state government technology are eligible for the awards, which are given in a variety of areas. Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 17.
The Department of Water Resources is seeking an agency project management officer to serve the department and its parent entity, the California Natural Resources Agency. Separately, the California Department of Technology is recruiting for an assistant chief of its Acquisition and IT Program Management section.
The Sacramento-based business consultancy is part of a national alliance, with other members of the group based in Texas, New York and Florida.
The Department of Motor Vehicles, the California Department of Technology and Covered California are all seeking candidates with leadership experience.
Participants in a webinar on “Transforming the Government Experience” offered some key takeaways for those in the tech industry — and those in government who rely on the private sector to help them serve the public.
Departments with active recruitments in these areas include the Financial Information System for California, Covered California, the Office of Systems Integration and the Department of Water Resources.
The three are now advising CivStart, a nonprofit organization dedicated to guiding and accelerating the adoption of cutting-edge technology solutions by small governments.
The Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC) will gather Sept. 26-29 in Southern California after having canceled last year’s annual gathering due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The California Department of Technology has made gains in recent years, and it says a new funding mechanism for how the state pays for information security is expected to yield positive results.
State entities dealing with technology and public health are accepting applications for these executive- and senior-level positions.
John Avery has worked in information security in the managed services, financial services and health technology sectors. Off the job, he enjoys Formula One racing, gardening and baking.