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New Leader of California Cities IT Group Outlines Priorities

Ed Miranda, chief information officer for the Bay Area city of Newark, has succeeded Roseville CIO Hong Sae.

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The new leader of a California municipal technology association is vowing to maintain the group’s principles, priorities and momentum.

Ed Miranda, the chief information officer for the Bay Area city of Newark and the incoming president of the Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC), succeeded Roseville CIO Hong Sae as the association’s president on Jan. 1. In a newly posted president’s announcement on the MISAC website, Miranda noted Hong’s two-plus years of service as president and thanked him for his leadership.

Ed Miranda.
Ed Miranda
“Sae has certainly set MISAC up for success as we continue with programs designed to make progress towards our mission,” Miranda says in his president’s message. Miranda then spelled out his key priorities:
  • “In addition to another great conference scheduled for this fall, we will continue to feature resources, education, and professional development for our members in areas such as cybersecurity, collaboration, disaster recovery/business continuity, procurement, public safety and smart communities.”
  • “We will continue to focus on the association’s four pillars — (1) Relationships, (2) Member Resources, (3) Education and Professional Development, and (4) Advocacy.”
  • “We are also committed to advancing IDEA — inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.”
  • “As our membership adapts to a ‘new normal,’ we recognize technology played a significant role in enabling the resilience of our cities and special districts. We will keep a focus on technology-related business decisions to ensure our workforce benefits will build trust and preparedness as well as assist us in attracting and retaining talent.”
  • “We will also continue to keep up with and monitor legislation that affects municipal technology issues.”

In an interview with Industry Insider California during MISAC’s October conference in Monterey, Miranda discussed his role in Newark and with MISAC. Among the takeaways from that conversation was his call to vendors on behalf of his MISAC colleagues: Read our strategic plan, with a particular eye on cybersecurity, and come to us with your ideas and proposals.

Miranda has also named the following MISAC members to represent the association on the various League of California Cities 2023 Policy Committees:
  • Community Services: Bryon Horn, CIO, Fresno
  • Environmental Quality: Miguel Guardado, IT manager, San Luis Obispo
  • Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations: Hong Sae, CIO, Roseville
  • Housing, Community and Economic Development: Aaron Benjamin, IT manager, Cerritos
  • Public Safety: Ron Puccinelli, IT director, Menifee
  • Revenue and Taxation: Larry Klingaman, director of IT, Palm Springs
  • Transportation, Communication and Public Works: Gaurav Garg, CIO, Santa Clara

MISAC has also just announced plans for the annual conference: It will be held Sept. 24-27 at the Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage. Details are available online.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. 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 Northern California.