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Oakland hires first tech chief

KALW's Ashleyanne Krigbaum
Bryan Sastokas, Oakland's Chief Information Officer

Groups like Open Oakland and Code for America want to help improve digital efficiency in the city, and now, a new government office is joining that effort. This past January, Bryan Sastokas became Oakland’s first Chief Information Officer (CIO). He has held the role in two cities previously, most recently Modesto. He oversees all things tech in city government, and it is his job to figure out how technology can solve communication breakdowns between residents and City Hall, or within the network of city departments. 

Bryan Sastokas stopped by KALW and spoke with our Executive News Editor Ben Trefny.

BRYAN SASTOKAS: It's still a challenge, because you have to deal with internal issues of bringing them up to speed before you can even bring on some of these mature programs that you would to an organization already achieving at a high level.

Click the player above to listen to the full interview.

Ben handles daily operations in the news department, overseeing the editorial and sound engineering teams, delivering daily newscasts, producing the nightly news and culture show Crosscurrents, and supervising special projects including KALW's Audio Academy training program.