Get to know Charlie Haase

Charlie Haase

5 Questions for Charlie Haase, Modesto’s Chief Information Officer and Director of Information Technology:

What is the biggest goal you aim to accomplish as the Director of Information Technology?

Getting the City’s fiber optic ring funded and implemented.  Like all goals, this will take a lot of work from a large number of people.

What is one thing the average citizen of Modesto might not know about the role of Director of Information Technology?

I suspect it is largely assumed the Information Technology department’s role is one of implementing and maintaining technology. However, a very large part of what we do involves gaining an understanding of each of the business units and their needs so we can provide meaningful solutions to help them deliver on their missions.

If you could invent something, what would it be and why?

I think a web camera embedded behind the middle of the computer screen would be useful for online meetings.  Most people put the webcam on top of the monitor; laptops have the webcam built-in on top of the monitor.  These have people looking at your chin or neck rather than looking you in the eye.  It would seem with today’s screens, the webcam could be “hidden” behind the screen and capture an image through the screen.  (Probably a good idea to have a red light at the top of the screen to let you know that it’s on.)

What’s the best and worst thing about getting older?  Why?

The best thing about getting older is that I am getting older; the alternative would not be good at all!  Seriously, there are a lot of mistakes I made when I was young that I’m just not going to make again.  This is somehow comforting.  It is especially noticeable when I watch much younger people learning many of the lessons I’ve already gone through and figured out.  It’s upsetting at the same time, however, because there are so many things I can’t tell someone – they just have to experience it.  

The worst thing about getting older is coming to regret things I haven’t done – “These days I seem to think a lot about the things that I forgot to do . . . and all the times I had the chance to.”  (Jackson Browne)

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with your extra time?  Why?

I would play guitar and work toward mastery of some of the styles I really like.  I haven’t taken the time to learn more than bits and pieces of these things, and the extra time would allow me to fill in the gaps and advance a little.