David Tucker, CIO, Vermont/Photo courtesy of David Tucker David Tucker, CIO, Vermont Photo courtesy of David Tucker

Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas on Friday, Nov. 6, appointed David Tucker (pictured) state CIO and commissioner of the Department of Information and Innovation (DII).

Tucker served as the department's deputy commissioner for the past four years. He replaces state CIO Tom Murray, who resigned to become the executive director of the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA), which was created in 2007 by the state Legislature "to bring affordable broadband and cellular service throughout the state."

"I want to thank Governor Douglas for this new opportunity to serve Vermont," Tucker said in a news release from the governor's office. "I'm looking forward to continuing the good work that DII is doing to make state government more efficient."

According to the release, before joining the DII, Tucker worked for two decades in various positions with the state's Department of Labor.

Murray was appointed the executive director of the VTA on Oct. 19. He was appointed state CIO in 2006.

Murray said in a news release that he was pleased to join the VTA.

"The VTA has a unique opportunity to build public-private partnerships that will ensure every Vermonter has broadband service available to them and that we have cellular coverage where we need it," Murray said. "While there certainly are challenges bringing these services to rural areas, the recent federal stimulus funding and the resources that the state and private sector have put forth should assist with moving Vermont toward improving these services statewide."