Information Technology and services play a major role in county government operations. Approximately 43 of California’s 58 counties have an appointed chief information officer, or director of technology services. This position serves as the chief technology executive in the county organizational structure, and usually has the responsibility for computer operations, Internet and intranet services, telecommunications facilities, and automated systems integration functions between data, voice and video technology. This position is also responsible for planning the county’s strategic direction in the use of technology. Many of California’s information technology departments report directly to the County Executive Officer, although some still remain under the general services administration office.
All California counties are represented by the California County Information Services Directors Association (CCISDA). This organization is the companion to CSAC with respect to California counties and technology. CCISDA provides technology consulting services to all California counties on a wide variety of issues, and is responsible for developing long-range technology-integration plans with state and federal agencies and programs as well.