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City engineer to manage LA's technology department

Gary Lee Moore

Bureau of Engineering

City Engineer Gary Lee Moore was named interim general manager of the Information Technology Agency.

The City of Los Angeles’ top engineer was named interim general manager of the Information Technology Agency today.

Gary Lee Moore will replace Randi Levin, who announced her resignation last month. Levin will stay on with ITA for an additional 60 days as a contractor. 

In his role as city engineer and general manager of the Bureau of Engineering, Moore is responsible for more than 800 architects, surveyors and engineers. He will take over ITA on Aug. 14. Because this is an interim appointment, it does not require approval from the city council.

“Gary Lee Moore has proven himself to be a dedicated community servant with his years of experience as an engineer in various capacities for the city,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “He is very capable and has the managerial skills necessary to deliver our ITA services on time and on budget.”


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

Los Angeles City Hall

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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.