Mikel Haas was appointed Chief Information Officer for the County of San Diego in July 2012. His responsibilities include all operational and strategic information technology functions for San Diego County, providing services to 16,000 County employees at over 200 facilities.
San Diego County is the second largest county in California with revenues over $5 billion annually and a geography encompassing over 4,200 square miles. The County was the first municipal government to outsource all IT functions to the private sector. As CIO, one of Mr. Haas’ primary, and highly visible responsibilities is to ensure that County government and its citizens receive the full benefit of this multi-year, $700 million IT outsourcing contract.
A key member of the County's executive team, Mikel works closely with the Board of Supervisors and the Chief Administrative Officer to implement new management practices that stress customer service, accountability and teamwork. In this position, he is leading the County Technology Office towards accomplishing the countywide strategic goals of improving opportunities for safe communities, sustainable environments and healthy families.
Before being appointed as Chief Information Officer, Mr. Haas was the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the Community Services Group from March 2007 to July 2012. Mr. Haas previously held the position as the County´s Registrar of Voters, a position he also held from 1994-2001. He was appointed Director of the County’s Department of Animal Services in 2001, and served in that position until 2004.
Mr. Haas has also served as interim Director of the County's Department of Housing and Community Development, as well as Special Policy Advisor to the County Chief Administrative Officer.
Before joining the County in 1994, Mr. Haas served 11 years with the City of San Diego, first as a City Council staff assistant and later as a Deputy Director in the Office of the City Clerk managing the City’s elections and legislative services programs.
Prior to his government career, Mr. Haas was a newspaper reporter. He graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in journalism.