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Chief Information Officer Named for County

County Executive Office - Press Release

January 21, 2003


Diane Thomas
Pat Markley

Chief Information Officer Named for County

(Santa Ana) - An information technology professional with extensive background in government and private industry was named as the County's Chief Information Officer by County Executive Officer Michael Schumacher.

Daniel K. Hatton, Ph.D., joined the County Jan. 10 with I/T expertise gained in the private sector, most recently as a consultant to international software companies and previously as vice president and west region director of Science Applications International Corporation. The San Diego company provides a wide range of services to the Department of Defense, local, state and federal government as well as the commercial sector. Hatton was an Army colonel and served as Chief Information Officer in locations including Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Hatton will lead the County's Information Technology enterprise that has an annual operating budget of approximately $70 million and a staff of 350 employees. The department is an integral partner with County agencies and departments in using technology for greater employee efficiency and enhanced customer service. Governing Magazine's national report card of county performance last year gave OC's Information Technology section top marks.

Hatton received his Ph.D. in information systems from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and a master's degree in management and information systems from the American University in Washington, DC.

"Dan has an excellent mixture of public and private sector experience that we need to lead the IT Department," said Schumacher. "He has a proven background of visioning and developing innovative technology approaches. He'll be a great addition to the County family."

Hatton was selected following a nationwide search which included input from the IT Steering Committee. He replaces Leo Crawford who recently retired.