FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 1997
Contact: Diane Thomas
FINAL ASSISTANT CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
(SANTA ANA) - County
Chief Executive Officer Jan Mittermeier has appointed
the Countys Director of Information Systems as interim
Assistant CEO for information and technology. Leo E. Crawford,
Information Systems director for two years and a County
employee for 10 years, assumes his new responsibilities
"The County has never had a centrally coordinated
perspective on information systems and technology,"
said Mittermeier. "Leo will help us look at how we
can use technology to better work together across agencies
and departments and to more efficiently serve the public."
Crawford received his bachelors degree from San
Diego State University and holds a graduate degree in
computer systems management. Prior to joining the County
in 1987, he served 20 years in the Air Force and retired
as a lieutenant colonel. His assignments included telecommunications,
data processing and satellite tracking and control.
"The formalized corporate view of automation and
technology is something that has been missing from the
County," said Crawford. "Im excited about
taking this new step and working on the technology aspect
of the Countys restructuring plan."
Crawfords appointment completes the naming of all
five assistant CEOs, positions that were approved by the
Board of Supervisors last June as part of the Countys
internal restructuring. The other positions oversee the
functions of finance, human resources, strategic affairs
and public affairs.