As Chief Information Officer (CIO), Steve is responsible to plan, organize, and direct the County's overall information technology efforts. In addition, Steve has the responsibility for the County Public Library System, County Airport, and the General Services Department which includes the facility management, office of emergency services, central services, and purchasing divisions.
Steve is active in our local community leveraging County assets and resources to assist community partners and other local governments. Steve worked with local cities to secure long term funding and establishment of our local community public access TV media center and public entity institutional fiber optic network. Local Broadband deployment and expansion is a passion for Steve, as he participated on Governor Schwarzenegger’s Broadband Task Force economic development committee and has worked with our local Economic Resource Council on their broadband committee for many years.
Government Technology Magazine and the Center for Digital Government presented Steve an award for their Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers of Technology in Government, Public CIO Magazine and the CA State Public Sector CIO Academy presented him with the California Local Government CIO of the Year Award, and the California Counties Information Services Directors Association gave him their Visionary Award for Information Technology Leadership. The County of Nevada has received numerous technology and facility management awards under his tenure.
Steve came to Nevada County in April 1999 from his previous position as a founding principle in a Sacramento area corporate technical services and consulting firm. In the private sector, Steve worked with a broad cross section of industries from banks and high-tech companies to health care providers, schools, and non-profits.
Steve has a bachelor degree in Computer Science and a minor in Business Administration. He is a California State Association of Counties (CSAC) certified county executive, a CSAC Fellow, .5 credentialed ICMA executive, Certified Government CIO (CGCIO), Certified in Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and is a Nevada County Leadership Institute alumni. He has attended many other leadership courses such as the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Services LEAD program and numerous emergency management courses.
Steve and his wife live in the County and have three children attending local schools. Steve serves as the President on the Board of Directors for Child Advocates of Nevada County, a local nonprofit that delivers critical community children's services such as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and a healthy babies accredited home visitation program. Steve is an avid mountain biker, likes to snow and water ski, goes fishing when he can find time, and enjoys coaching youth soccer. View a snow skiing photo of Steve and his children (JPG).