The information-technology chief for the second largest city in the United States has been named to lead the Riverside County Information Technology department.
Steven Reneker, 54, is general manager of the Information Technology Agency and chief technology officer in the City of Los Angeles, with a budget of $92 million. He was Riverside County’s chief information officer from 1997 to 2003 and since then also directed IT for the City of Riverside. He will take over his new duties May 4.
Aside from his professional accomplishments, Reneker climbed Mt. Everest in 1995.
Reneker has been in charge of information technology for the City of Los Angeles since 2012 and was chief information officer for the City of Riverside from 2005 to 2012.
“We are very pleased to welcome Steve back,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Marion Ashley. “He already knows Riverside County and most of its top officials, and he knows how to improve IT through innovation.”
Since Reneker took over IT operations in Los Angeles, the city was named a Digital City of the Year by Government Technology magazine for the city’s cyber intrusion command center, a digital inclusion program (OurCycleLA) that recycles city computers and the MyLA311 mobile app. Based on the city's CitylinkLA broadband strategy and its digital Inclusion program, Los Angeles won the Center for Digital Government's Most Digital City award in 2014. Operational shifts included a cloud-first strategy to migrate the IBM mainframe and all web-based systems to the cloud.
In the City of Riverside, Reneker was hired to bring decentralized IT functions together and set standards for common policies to save money and increase innovation. Under Reneker, IT restructured its outsourcing strategy with Xerox to save the city $4 million a year. The city also was a Top 10 winner five straight years for Best of the Web Digital Cities, a national award that highlights the public sector's evolving web-based capabilities. He also created SmartRiverside and served as the executive director. In 2012, Reneker led the city in winning the award for most intelligent community in the world, named by the Intelligent Community Forum, a think tank in New York.
He left Riverside County in 2003 to take a position with Dell in the private sector.
Reneker lives in Riverside and holds a bachelor’s degree in management science from California State University, San Bernardino. Reneker has climbed Mt. McKinley, Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Mt. Elbrus and other peaks in addition to Mt. Everest. He was a National Ski Patrol volunteer from 1978 to 2014, a winter search-and-rescue and Southern California mountaineering adviser from 2009 to 2014. His other hobbies include running, golfing, hiking, kayaking and bicycling.