SANTA MONICA—According to a press release from the city of Santa Monica, City Manager Rick Cole has chosen Joseph Cevetello to join his executive team as Chief Information Officer. Mr. Cevetello was selected from over 260 applicants in a national search, and comes to Santa Monica with 20 plus years of experience in research, creation, and implementation of technology, outreach, and learning.

“We were seeking an effective leader to lead the digital transformation of Santa Monica government to better serve our residents,” said City Manager Rick Cole. “Joseph Cevetello has the skills, character, and passion to ensure we set the pace here at the epicenter of Silicon Beach,” he added.

Cevetello will be responsible for leading the City’s Information Systems Department, which is responsible for internal technology, the City’s websites and digital strategy, as well as its award-winning broadband network. City Net. ISD has 49 staff members and has an annual operating budget of $9.2 million.

He has an extensive career in higher education, serving recently as USC’s Director of Information Services and Assistant CIO.  He previously spearheaded strategy and design of Information Technology for the largest university project of the 21st century, the creation of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. He also served as Deputy CIO at Loyola Marymount University and taught and worked at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  He has both a masters and doctorate from Harvard.

“I am a collaborative bridge-builder who seeks to leverage technology as a strategic asset, and an enabler of transformation and innovation,” said Cevetello. “I am looking forward to establishing strong, supportive relationships with City staff, and to the privilege of serving Santa Monica’s citizens, businesses, and visitors.”

Joseph Cevetello is set to begin his new position in early October with a salary of $191,580.00 annually.