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Insider Takes: Public Safety CIO on New Technology Positions, Projects

The IT leader at a major local government police department talks to Industry Insider — California in a new video about why his division has more than 20 new positions and how they’ll support key initiatives.

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The state’s only consolidated city-county appointed a new departmental IT chief earlier this year, and Industry Insider — California spoke to him at the recent Bay Area Digital Government Summit*.

Will Sanson-Mosier is the chief information officer for the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and was previously a longtime staffer at the city and county of San Francisco, having worked there since 2013. He came to Sacramento from Austin in 2007 before joining San Francisco, and has more than 26 years of IT experience across “government branches and workforce industries” including child welfare, health and human services and public safety, according to SFPD. Sanson-Mosier holds a bachelor’s from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a master’s from Texas State University; both are in political science and government.
He spoke to Industry Insider on topics ranging from workforce challenges to the progress on adopting cloud services, as well as about ongoing IT projects. The San Francisco Police Department, he said, expects to deploy a new 911 computer-assisted dispatch (CAD) system and its own local iteration on the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), both during the next 18-24 months. In the latter case, this will necessitate some hiring, the CIO said Aug. 25.

“We have been given, this year, 23 new positions,” Sanson-Mosier told Industry Insider, indicating those are to support the NIBRS project.

*Government Technology magazine, Industry Insider — California’s sister publication, hosted the Bay Area Digital Government Summit.
Theo Douglas is Assistant Managing Editor of Industry Insider — California.