Chief Information Officer (CIO)

City of Santa Maria


The City of Santa Maria seeks a Chief Information Officer (CIO) who is customer-service focused, a self-starter and a collaborative, inclusive, and motivational leader. The successful candidate will be an engaging leader who combines a strategic, big-picture perspective with strong management and administrative skills. The CIO will have experience managing complex information technology projects and day to day service delivery, strong fiscal and business acumen, and excellent project management, communication, and customer orientation skills. You will lead and oversee IT applications, infrastructure, and services for the City.  This is a great position for the candidate who is looking to work for an innovative City administration that focuses on reducing process and bureaucracy and making things happen through “smart city” technology. Working for the City of Santa Maria is an invitation to a seat at the table with a top-notch executive team and the professional opportunity to be a transformative executive leader that will serve the community for generations to come.


For more information please see the complete recruitment brochure:



Candidates should be interested in working with internal departments in utilizing technology to meet their business needs, improving services and accessibility to our constituents, and continuously maintaining data and systems security while deploying innovative technology solutions. The CIO will be experienced at managing an IT department with unique business services, complex funding, and large-scale enterprise projects, and bring innovation to continue developing Santa Maria as a “Smart City.”  This position is at-will, reports to the City Manager and oversees eight staff, two consultants and a $2.3M budget for IT and GIS services. The ideal candidate will be an excellent leader and organizational partner, possess strong customer service, verbal and written communication skills, be business and politically savvy, possess a high level of emotional intelligence and have a reputation of being a collaborative, transparent and inclusive leader. The new CIO will ensure the City continues to position itself for the future, maintaining its position as a leader in public sector information technology infrastructure and services. Because this person will be overseeing large vendor contracts, the incumbent will need to have a solid background in vendor management, contract negotiations and maintaining positive working relationships with vendors while also holding them accountable. 



  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college/university with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, computer science or related field; and
  • Extensive experience (ideally eight or more years) with increased responsibility overseeing large scale information technology project implementation, and business technology management; including strategic planning and leadership experience; and
  • Must be able to demonstrate a knowledge of current and emerging technologies; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.


  • Possession of valid California Driver License, with a satisfactory driving record, by the date of appointment.
  • Ability to successfully pass a background investigation performed by the Santa Maria Police Department.


Salary and Benefits

The annual salary range is: $124,661 – 151,527 DOE/DOQ; plus a great benefits package!



This is an open continuous recruitment; however, for first consideration apply by November 26 by completing an application and submitting your cover letter and resume to:


Please contact your recruiter, Wendi Brown, with any questions:


Save the Dates:

  •  Interview dates are December 17th and 18th (candidates selected to interview will need to be available for both days).


The City of Santa Maria is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer


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