Alex Bastian / (415) 314-4848 / Alex.Bastian@sfgov.org
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced that Heather Zalatimo, 45, the former acting Chief Information Security Officer of the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH), was arrested for her role in DPH entering into an IT contract in which she had a financial interest. She was arraigned today and entered into a not guilty plea. Her next court date is on November 12, for a prehearing conference.
“San Franciscans deserve to know that their public servants act purely in San Francisco’s best interest, not to line their own pockets,” said District Attorney Chesa Boudin. “When they don’t, my office will enforce public integrity laws to hold those public servants accountable for abusing the public’s trust.”
According to Court documents, in 2016, while acting in her official capacity as the Manager of IT Operations at DPH, Zalatimo advocated for and was directly involved in DPH purchasing a bundle of cyber security products from Fidelis Cybersecurity for over $1 million. At the time, Zalatimo’s husband was the Fidelis Cybersecurity sales agent responsible for the sale and he received over $65,000 in commission from the sale. Zalatimo was promoted to acting Chief Information Security Officer of DPH a few months later.
Zalatimo has been charged with one felony for violating Government Code section 1090, which prohibits public officials from entering into contracts in their official capacity in which they have a financial interest. She is also charged with a misdemeanor violation of Government Code section 87100, which prohibits public officials from using their official position to influence a governmental decision in which they have a financial interest.
The arrest of Zalatimo is the result of an investigation by District Attorney Investigator Jonathan Collum. Assistant District Attorney Theis Finlev is prosecuting the case.