LB’s Technology Services Director to Retire; Search Begins for Replacement

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Curtis Tani, Director of the City of Long Beach Department of Technology Services, has announced his plans to retire, effective September 12, 2014.

“Curtis has served our city admirably by modernizing and expanding our use of technology, improving customer service, enhancing employee productivity and reducing costs,” City Manager Patrick H. West said.

Curtis has been Director since 2004. Prior to that time he was Acting Director and also Customer Services Manager for Technology Services, and Assistant to the City Manager. He began his career with the City in 1990 as a Senior Auditor in the City Auditor’s Office.

“It has been a pleasure and honor to serve the City I grew up in, and to work with so many talented employees dedicated to making Long Beach an even better city,” Mr. Tani said.

Under his leadership, the City of Long Beach modernized information systems and technology infrastructure, leveraged cloud technology, deployed virtualized servers/ personal computers, expanded fiber optic and wireless network technologies, migrated to internet-based phone technology, implemented smartphone apps, deployed Wi-Fi at City facilities, launched the Citizen Technology Advisory Committee, increased the use of mobile computing technologies, expanded its video surveillance camera network, and implemented disaster recovery capabilities.

Long Beach has been named a Top Ten Digital City in the nation the last three years by the Center for Digital Government, recognizing the City’s commitment to innovative and effective use of technology to enhance City operations and improve the customer experience.

The City of Long Beach will conduct a national search for the next Director of Technology Services. In the interim, City Manager West announced he will appoint Chris Wilding as Acting Director of Technology Services upon Mr. Tani’s retirement. Mr. Wilding has significant technology experience in both the public and private sectors, having served five years as the Chief Information and Innovation Officer for the City of Henderson, NV (population 265,000) and Chief Information Officer for Bechtel, a premier global engineering/construction company with 45,000 employees. Mr. Wilding will serve as Acting Director while the City conducts the recruitment, which will include both internal and external candidates, and is not a candidate for the permanent position.

“Moving ahead, I am committed to building a municipal government for the 21st century,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. “I look forward to working with our new director and the entire team to make Long Beach a leader in technology and innovation and thank Curtis Tani for his years of dedicated service.”

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