Riverside Hires New Chief Information Officer
Riverside has selected a replacement for former Chief Information Officer Lea Deesing, who was promoted to the assistant city manager position in June. George Khalil, who most recently served as the city’s chief information security officer, took over as CIO Monday at an annual salary of $175,000.
Khalil is described as a cybersecurity expert with more than 20 years of public and private sector experience under his belt. Before joining the city, he worked for a number of Fortune 500 and 1000 companies, including Earthlink and Sun Microsystems. During his tenure as chief information security officer, Riverside was awarded the 2017 award for program excellence from the City/County Management Association for its next generation municipal cyber security program.
Khalil is a “certified intrusion analyst, incident handler, network, and systems auditor, Forensic Analyst, Project Manager and Certified Security Expert,” according to a city press release. He earned his Master’s degree in Information Security Engineering from the SANS Technology Institute.
Read more about Riverside’s new CIO here.