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Last Call: San Francisco Inches Closer to Its Next CIO

The city and county of San Francisco is still looking for a replacement for former CIO Linda Gerull, who left at the tail end of last year. There is still a small window of opportunity to apply for anyone looking for their next gig.

San Francisco City Hall
San Francisco City Hall
The window of opportunity is quickly closing for anyone with designs on becoming chief information officer for the city and county of San Francisco.

Linda Gerull left the position Dec. 29, prompting a nationwide search for her replacement through Alliance Resource Consulting LLC. According to the job posting, the applicant screening interview process begins on March 29, with first-round interviews expected to begin in April. Long story short: There is still a chance to apply.

The position comes with all the standard government benefits — medical, dental, retirement — and boasts a salary that could make even a state-level CIO jealous. “The normal annual salary range is up to $307,580. Appointments above the maximum of the normal range may be considered based on documented and substantiated recruitment and retention issues or exceptional skills,” the package reads.

But that salary comes with a significant workload. The city and county’s Department of Technology (DT) supports the work of some 33,000 employees across the combined city-county government. These services range from police and fire to a major port and international airport. The department’s annual operating budget is $160 million.

The ideal candidate will have the following education and experience (as written in the posting):

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in computer science, information systems, engineering, or a related field is required. A master’s degree is highly desired.
  • A minimum of 10 years of increasingly responsible experience including significant executive-level responsibility for the management of people and the implementation of complex systems and programs, combined with strong knowledge and familiarity with operating budgets of similar scope and magnitude, funding sources, and strategic planning/initiatives.
  • Public presentation skills and outstanding interpersonal communication skills are also required.
  • Working with elected officials, diverse stakeholders, and vendors. Experience working with labor unions is a plus.

Candidates from the public and private sectors will be considered. Questions and inquiries can be sent to Sherrill Uyeda or Cindy Krebs.
Eyragon is the Managing Editor for Industry Insider — California. He previously served as the Daily News Editor for Government Technology. He lives in Sacramento, Calif.