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Sacramento CIO to Step Down; City Seeks Replacement

The city manager hopes to hire Maria MacGunigal’s replacement by the time she leaves in April.

Maria MacGunigal.
Maria MacGunigal, the city of Sacramento’s chief information officer, is stepping down in April.

MacGunigal has been in the CIO role more than nine years and collected numerous decorations during her tenure. With a population of 525,000 and an estimated IT budget of $29 million, California’s capital city is one of the largest municipalities in the state.

The deadline for applications for the position expired Wednesday. Jennifer Singer, a spokesperson with the city manager’s office, said the city manager has the authority to hire the position — no council vote necessary — and expects to hire a replacement before MacGunigal’s last day on April 14.

After a two-decade career with the city, MacGunigal was named CIO in 2013. Under her leadership, the city has consolidated all IT positions within her department, implemented a new digital strategy and pushed forward many projects. Notably, she accepted a “Best of California” award* for Best Application Serving the Public last year for a 311 virtual agent.

Government Technology* also named her in its Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers program in 2020.

According to the job posting, the city’s current major IT initiatives include implementing a citywide grant management solution, expanding data science to support decision-making and delivering a website redesign. The 2022-23 IT strategic plan has five pillars:

  1. Make IT accessible
    • Example initiatives: Decision-making tools and dashboards, remote workforce solutions such as digital signatures
  2. Continuously innovate
    • Example initiatives: AI and machine learning for use cases such as 311, invoice processing and document classification; private cloud design
  3. Be sustainable
    • Example initiatives: Citywide software management, performance management tools, plan for replacement of legacy systems such as ERP and case management
  4. Do excellent work
    • Example initiatives: Agile methodology, race and gender equity action plan
  5. Be a leader
    • Example initiatives: Internship programs, expansion and cost reduction of broadband

The salary range for the CIO position is $153,585-230,377.

*Editor’s note: The “Best of California” awards program is run by the Center for Digital Government, which is operated by Industry Insider’s parent company, e.Republic. Government Technology is also a product of e.Republic.
Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology.