Government Technology

Harold Tuck Receives NACo Lifetime Achievement Award




For Large Photo, Click Here (L to R) Chris Rodgers, incoming President of NACo and Douglas County Commissioner (Omaha, Nebraska); Lenny Eliason, President of NACo and Athens County Commissioner (Ohio); Walter F. Ekard, San Diego County Administrative Officer (CAO) and Harold’s boss; Harold Tuck; Helen Purcell, Recorder, Maricopa County, Arizona and chair of the NACo IT Committee; Larry Naake, Executive Director of NACo.

To Retire This Month

July 16, 2012 By

San Diego County CIO Harold Tuck received the Lifetime Achievement Award Saturday from the National Association of Counties (NACo) at NACo's annual conference in Pittsburgh. Tuck, who previously announced he will retire this month, has accumulated numerous honors, and was named one of Government Technology's "Doers, Dreamers and Drivers" of 2011.

San Diego County Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Helen N. Robbins-Meyer announced back in April that Tuck would retire in July, and acknowledged Tuck's many achievements. “Harold has been in more magazines than Kim Kardashian,” she joked. Tuck was the subject of numerous articles and  videos focusing on San Diego’s groundbreaking IT outsourcing arrangement that began in 1999 with CSC and continues today with Hewlett-Packard.

Tuck -- in an upcoming special section on strategic sourcing (Government Technology Sept. 2012) --  discusses some key decisions regarding outsourcing. "Organizations need to be really honest about what their core competencies are," he said, "what they do well and what they don’t do well. And how is the organization able to replenish the bench, so to speak ... Technology obviously changes rapidly, new applications come out, and if you lose a key developer to a company, do you have the bench to replace that person? Do you have the ability to pay market rates for the positions that you have? And if the answers to those questions are no, then you need to strongly consider outsourcing."

Tuck would not comment on his plans following retirement, except to say that he would like to stay active in the technology world. "And I very much want to lend my experience to the minority community because there’s too few minorities in the science, technology, education and math field and so I will be volunteering some time working with middle school and high school students to get them interested in those fields so there is a greater pipeline of people for organizations to hire from.

"I’ve been blessed to work for an organization that conducts itself in a very focused and disciplined way," said Tuck, "that will allow us to do our jobs, because the resources are there. I will miss the people and the activity but I’m wired in such as way that I believe life is in chapters so I can move on without any regrets. And I believe that the technology and the support that we are getting from the vendor community that provide IT services to my team, are very much in a good spot. It’s the perfect time for me to retire."


| More

Comments

Lee and Delores    |    Commented July 16, 2012

Cogratulations. We are proud of you.

Phillisha    |    Commented July 17, 2012

You go boy!!!

Marva Shelton    |    Commented July 18, 2012

Of course, I already knew that you were "all this and a bag of chips!"


Add Your Comment

You are solely responsible for the content of your comments. We reserve the right to remove comments that are considered profane, vulgar, obscene, factually inaccurate, off-topic, or considered a personal attack.

In Our Library

White Papers | Exclusives Reports | Webinar Archives | Best Practices and Case Studies
Fresh Ideas In Online Security for Public Safety Organizations
Lesley Carhart, Senior Information Security Specialist at Motorola Solutions, knows that online and computer security are more challenging than ever. Personal smartphones, removable devices like USB storage drives, and social media have a significant impact on security. In “Fresh Ideas in Online Security for Public Safely Organizations,” Lesley provides recommendations to improve your online security against threats from social networks, removable devices, weak passwords and digital photos.
Meeting Constituents Where They Are With Dynamic, Real-Time Mobile Engagement
Leveraging the proven and open Kofax Mobile Capture Platform, organizations can rapidly integrate powerful mobile engagement solutions across the spectrum of mobile image capture, mobile data capture and complete mobile process integration. Kofax differentiates itself by extending capture to mobility, supporting multiple points of constituent engagement. Kofax solutions dynamically orchestrate the user’s mobile experience from a single platform—reducing time to market, improving process perf
Public Safety 2019
Motorola conducted an industry survey on the latest trends in public safety communications. The results provide an outlook of what technology is in store for your agency in the next five years. Download the results to gain this valuable insight.
View All

Featured Papers