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Al Dave, MBA
Software Systems Manager

Al Dave has worked as the Software Systems Division Manager for the City of Santa Monica for nine years.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at San Diego and has a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Telecommunication and Information Systems from National University.  He has held management positions in Information Systems for the City of Long Beach, and Culver City prior to joining Santa Monica. Al currently directs web development, emergency response, geographical information systems, database administration, systems analysis and implementation, application development and system maintenance.

Sarkis Metspakyan
Systems and Network Manager

Sarkis Metzpakyan is the Systems and Networks Division Manager and has over 12 years of experience with the City of Santa Monica. He has worked for private companies, including Bell Labs and Phillips Electronics, and the City of Los Angeles prior to joining the City of Santa Monica. He manages the strategic planning, design, installation, maintenance and repair of the fiber optic and wireless networks, computer and network hardware, software systems, business data security and access control, telecommunications equipment, call processing and voicemail systems, and voice and data switches. Sarkis also oversees the operations of all data center facilities and all voice/data communications rooms.

Behrang Abadi, PMP
Web Development Manager

Behrang Abadi is the Web Development Division Manager for the City of Santa Monica.  Behrang holds a Bachelor's degree in Information Systems from National University, and graduated with honors from Pepperdine University with a Master's degree in Management and Leadership.  Behrang is a certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute, as well as a Certified ScrumMaster through the Scrum Alliance.  Behrang has over 14 years of web development experience, with heavy emphasis in user centered design and user experience.  Prior to joining Santa Monica, Behrang worked for the City of Glendale, CA for 19 years where he held a management position overseeing web and applications development, enterprise content management, and service desk operations.

Scott Painter
Support Services Manager

Scott Painter is the Support Services Division Manager for the City of Santa Monica. Scott earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ball State University. He has more than 14 years of professional experience in Information Systems across a variety of industries including education, finance, healthcare, and software. Prior to joining the City of Santa Monica, Scott was the Director of Information Technology for the largest college in Indiana. Scott currently oversees the City’s computer and telecommunications services, customer service and training functions, technology procurement, as well as software implementation and management functions. 

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