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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.

“The addition of Scott Cartwright to the Zscaler SLED West team shows our continued investment to focus on the rapid growth of our California business,” Avery Freeland, regional director for Zscaler’s SLED West region, told Techwire. “We always strive to add hardworking, high-energy and creative team players, and that’s what Scott brings to the table.”
The two chief positions — one for transformation and digital stabilization, the other for digital identity — are part of the growth promised by state Chief Technology Innovation Officer Rick Klau, who heads the Office of Enterprise Technology.
“My goals and priorities as I start my new role are pretty simple,” Phil Calzadilla told Techwire. “Stay focused on our team, empowering them and helping them be the best they can be.”
In overseeing Oxnard’s IT operations, Helen Miller will focus on rolling out the city’s new enterprise resource planning system. She will also collaborate with the executive management team to increase cyber resiliency and modernize the city’s IT infrastructure.
The roles are with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the California High-Speed Rail Authority and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
The position “has full management responsibility for a large, complex, multidisciplined organization and oversees an annual IT budget of approximately $70 million and the large IT Project Portfolio.”
The Financial Information System for California has named a new chief information officer, a new chief information security officer and a new chief deputy director, filling key vacancies on Director Miriam Barcellona Ingenito’s management team.
The state chief information officer will be moving next month to the Office of Digital Innovation, where she will serve as director, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office announced Wednesday.
“I was thoroughly impressed with the Snowflake technology and how it helps customers leverage data,” Daria Rostovtseva told Techwire. “With so many friends and former colleagues already at Snowflake, making the switch was an easy decision.”
California’s longtime state chief information officer will be the new director of the Office of Digital Innovation, a forward-looking government technology laboratory and incubator, effective next month.
Two of the recruitments are new; the chief information officer position has been open since the summer, and that search has been extended.
Elisa Meagher is Esper’s new strategic sales executive for state and local government, supporting the firm’s organic growth and helping it scale on the West Coast, including California.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles and Covered California are seeking to fill leadership vacancies.
The online event will feature remarks from the top leaders of the California Department of Technology, a discussion of the Cal-Secure cybersecurity road map, a review of 2021 and a look ahead to 2022, and a question-and-answer session for those in the industry.
Positions are available with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the Secretary of State’s Office and the California Department of Veterans Affairs.
State departments with open tech positions include the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the Office of Systems Integration, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Technology and the State Water Resources Control Board.
In a request for proposals, the Silicon Valley city is looking for a consulting firm to assess its need for a new enterprise resource planning package and to manage potential vendor selection and system implementation, should the city opt to proceed.
“That’s my goal here — to take some of those things I did in the state of Utah and help others with their strategies on how they can do that,” Michael Hussey told Techwire.
The California Public Utilities Commission has been working to follow state Auditor Elaine Howle’s technology recommendations since 2015, and the auditor’s latest update, published this week, reports that it’s still a work in progress.
Key responsibilities of the position include policy development and implementation, internal program management, IT governance, executive interaction and external program management, according to the job posting and duty statement.
Departments seeking to fill key positions include the California Department of Aging, Covered California, the Employment Development Department and the California Department of Technology.
Chris Childs has been elevated to assistant commissioner for staff, and Assistant Chief April Baxter, who has worked in the department’s Information Management Division, was named acting chief information officer.
“I am very excited about this move to one of the most innovative companies globally and can’t wait to start making an impact on a global scale,” Shital Dhakal told Techwire.
The leadership and specialty roles are in recruitment by the California Department of Human Resources, the Office of Systems Integration and the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
San Francisco Bay Area resident Michael Strand, who’s been in the tech field for almost 20 years, will focus on enterprise accounts in Northern California.
The chief technology officer advises the commission’s IT leaders on major policy decisions that affect the department’s computing infrastructure, including desktops, servers, storage and backup hardware and software, security, applications and software standards; communication networks; Internet standards; equipment acquisition, installation and maintenance; and statewide technology.
The deputy director will oversee the management, operations, enhancement and continuous system improvements of the department’s technology systems. The application deadline is Monday.
“My objectives include assisting organizations in achieving their mission by partnering with security and technology leaders to drive greater effectiveness through the adoption of effective, scalable and predictable security,” said Sean Cordero, Zscaler’s CISO for the Americas.
According to the job posting, the architect “serves as the cloud solutions architecture lead at the mastery level in the evaluation and selection of technology standards/governance processes to ensure cloud solutions are aligned with CDSS strategic goals and objectives.”
Nadia Hansen was chief information officer for Clark County in Nevada for two years before moving into her new role, in which she’ll focus on helping state and local governments with digital transformation.