George Kahlil Named Chief Innovation Officer

George Kahlil Named Chief Innovation Officer


George Kahlil, an information technology and cybersecurity expert has transition from his position as the city’s Information Security Officer to his newly appointed role as the city’s Chief Innovation Officer.

Including his three years serving the City of Riverside, Khalil has spent 20 years managing networks, servers, storage and security infrastructure, as well as leading enterprise security architecture, compliance, auditing and policy development for government agencies, critical infrastructure, and law enforcement sectors.

“George Khalil has really elevated our citywide approach to cybersecurity, increasing safety for our data, our employees, and everyone who does business with us,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said. “I look forward to him applying the same level of professionalism and excellence to his new post.”

Under Khalil’s leadership, the City of Riverside won the 2017 program excellence award from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) for its next generation municipal cyber security program. 

In addition, Khalil wrote extensively about data loss prevention in the July 2017 edition of Western City Magazine and has presented at the System Administration, Networking, and Security Institute or SANS, Network Security Conferences, the Southern California Mayor’s Conference, the City Clerks Association of California, the Inland Southern California Cybersecurity Summit, and at many other forums.

“George Khalil is a leader in cybersecurity and is especially well-regarded in Inland Southern California,” commented Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Conder. “When he frequently brings regional IT leaders together to explore issues of common concern, we all benefit.” 

Kahlil’s July 2017 Western City Magazine article regarding data loss prevention is available online at

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