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Head of LA's information technology system resigns (updated)

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The general manager of Los Angeles' Information Technology Agency resigned today. She will remain with the department for another 90 days.

The general manager of Los Angeles’ Information Technology Agency resigned today, following two embarrassing stories about her husband’s interactions with city departments. 

Randi Levin submitted her resignation to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She will remain employed for another 30 days, and will then be on contract for an additional 60 days to “develop a long-term strategic plan for the city’s IT systems,” according to the mayor’s office. The value of the 60-day contract is unknown as the details will be finalized at the end of the 30-day period. 

“Given her working knowledge and experience, the critical role IT plays with regard to public safety, and the ability of technology to save the city resources, this is a unique opportunity to obtain a long-term technology vision for Los Angeles,” Villaraigosa said in a statement. 

Maurice Levin, the general manager’s husband, made news earlier this week when CBS 2 reported he owes the Department of Water and Power $56,000 in rent for land he leases from the utility.

Asked about the debt, the mayor told reporters Wednesday, “it’s being resolved in the manner that all such disputes normally are. DWP is taking necessary measures to recover what it is owed and since litigation is likely to be involved, I can’t comment any further on that.”

Three months ago, CBS 2 reported Randi Levin called police Chief Charlie Beck when her husband’s car was impounded. The chief denied Maurice Levin received preferential treatment when his vehicle was released. 

Levin could not be reached for comment. She has overseen the Information Technology Agency since 2007. 

This post has been updated.

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