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California Department of Toxic Substances Control

The Department of Toxic Substances Control’s new technology executive has worked in a series of increasingly responsible roles in state government before his appointment this month to his CTO role.
As part of Industry Insider — California’s ongoing efforts to educate readers on state agencies, their IT plans and initiatives, here’s the latest in our periodic series of interviews with departmental IT leaders.
The entities are seeking an enterprise architect, an IT manager, a chief of operations and a senior network security engineer.
The roles are with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the California High-Speed Rail Authority and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
“I believe that FI$Cal will continue to push the envelope and lead the way for California government entities in the adoption and use of modern technologies, systems and practices,” says Miriam Ingenito, director of the Financial Information System for California.
The Department of Toxic Substances Control and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services are seeking specialists for key roles.
One of the positions is in information security, and the other is in business technology and project management.
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control has named a new chief information officer, several months after its previous tech leader joined the California State University system.
The position was most recently held by Jennifer Benson, who had served as CIO and deputy director for the department for almost four years. This month, Benson took a new position: associate director of Enterprise Support Services and IT Project Management for California State University at Monterey Bay.
Jennifer Benson, deputy director and chief information officer at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, discusses the department's ongoing modernization and how the COVID-19 pandemic offers IT an opportunity to change the conversation.
The solutions created by more than a dozen collaborating departments addressed everything from emergency response to hiring to the advent of cannabis regulation.
Jennifer Benson, CIO of the state Department of Toxic Substances Control, outlines for Techwire her department's goals and priorities for the coming year.