City Manager James Keene has selected Jonathan Reichental to be Palo Alto's chief information officer, the city announced in a press release.
Reichental, currently chief information officer for O'Reilly Media, will serve as the leader of Palo Alto's information technology agency and the city's technology initiatives.
"Jonathan was the clear frontrunner in our recruitment," Keene said in the release. "He brings a combination of creative and entrepreneurial drive and skills and a commitment to taking city government to the forefront of public technology and innovation, befitting Palo Alto, the heartbeat of Silicon Valley."
Reichental, who will start his new position Dec. 13, will earn a salary of $180,000 and lead a staff of 30. His contract will go to the City Council for approval on Nov. 1.
"To participate in a city that is the source of so much world recognized technology innovation and a city management team deeply committed to supporting technology innovation as a platform for more effective government and citizen engagement made this a highly compelling opportunity," Reichental said. "Developing appropriate partnerships with Silicon Valley technology companies and beyond, and leveraging public sector advances such as open data and digital government, will be cornerstones of our approach."
Reichental previously served as Director of IT Innovation for PricewaterhouseCoopers and as a consultant with Avida Consulting in Ireland.