LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that Information Technology Agency General Manager Steven Reneker is resigning on May 1 to return to the County of Riverside as its Chief Technology Officer, a position he held from 1997 to 2003. A resident of Riverside, Reneker was also Director of IT for the City of Riverside from 2005 to 2012 when he was hired by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to take over leadership of the ITA in 2013.
Assistant General Manager Ted Ross has been named by Mayor Garcetti as the interim General Manager of the ITA, effective May 1. Peter Marx, the Mayor’s Chief Innovation Technology Officer will take over the title of Chief Technology Officer from Reneker. In this role, Marx will continue to serve as the Mayor's strategic advisor on technology and will become the person principally responsible for the coordination of technology across city departments.
As the Assistant General Manager of ITA, Ross has been a key member of the efforts to move the City's websites on to the open-source Drupal platform, create citywide global navigation across the many online websites, implement disaster recovery for critical services, and drive a cloud-first strategy for enterprise applications.
In 2014 Los Angeles was named Digital City of the Year by Government Technology magazine and the Center for Digital Government's Most Digital City. Under Reneker, ITA has led in the creation of OurCycle, an innovative e-Waste program to recycle computers, the MyLA311 mobile app, and the city's migration to cloud-based applications and web services. He has also overseen significant reductions in 311 call wait times.
“Steve Reneker guided our City’s technology strategy through a critical transition, helping us leave behind legacy hardware and software solutions and move boldly into today's more agile technology. I appreciate his commitment to public service and understand his desire to return to working closer to home." said Mayor Garcetti. "The city is left in very good hands with Peter Marx and Ted Ross, both of whom have already shown great leadership in moving our city into the digital age."
The ITA has a budget of $92 million and staff of 442.
The Mayor's Office will be conducting a nationwide search to find a permanent replacement for Reneker as General Manager of ITA.