San Diego, California - The City of San Diego’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) Jonathan Behnke was honored with a Top Tech Exec Award in the CIO Government category at an annual ceremony. The award honors outstanding information technology (IT) executives who work in San Diego.

Behnke, who directs the City’s Department of IT, was recognized for his efforts in building a strong technology-driven community within San Diego. Among his accomplishments are:

  • Managing a project to reduce power to more than 14,000 City computers and laptops through a new cloud-based solution, which is projected to save $285,000 annually and help meet the City’s sustainability goals;
  • Spearheading an initiative to upgrade the City’s digital capabilities to serve its 1.3 million residents;
  • Prioritizing employee training and retention, and increasing IT service management certification within the department from 10 to 90 percent; and
  • Converting Portable Document Format (PDF) files on the City website into online forms that facilitate the submittal of electronic signatures.

“With Jonathan’s talent and leadership, San Diego is using data and technology to make city government more efficient and get results for our neighborhoods. This is a well-deserved recognition and a great example of how our dedicated City employees are making a difference every day,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer.

Behnke is responsible for the City’s technology strategy and operations of the nation’s eighth largest city, including its data center, network, public safety wireless communications, web services, software applications, cybersecurity and geographic information systems.