November 9, 2009 By News Report
Douglas Young has been named Missouri's new CIO, the state Office of Administration announced.
Young previously worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation, where he was the IT services chief.
According to a new release, Young has more than 20 years of experience, and oversaw the department's effort to upgrade technology, including "a telephony-based system to help every Missouri deer and turkey hunter electronically check their harvest as opposed to driving to a physical checking station."
"Technology is changing at an increasingly rapid pace, and in these challenging economic times we have to look at ways it can improve and economize our processes in government," Young said.
As state CIO, Young will be in charge of the state's IT budget and technology needs. His first day is Nov. 18. Steve Siegler had been serving as interim CIO.
Missouri's CIO position has seen turnover over the past year. Bill Bryan left the job in September after five months when Gov. Jay Nixon reassigned him to run Missouri's state parks. Previously, ex-CIO Dan Ross and Deputy CIO Bill Bott teamed on an IT consolidation, which continues today. They left their positions when Nixon, a Democrat, was elected one year ago, after Republican Matt Blunt didn't seek a second term.
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