CIO Sightings

CIO Sightings

by / April 3, 2007
Last November's elections sent large ripples across the state CIO pond.

In Arkansas, Gov. Mike Beebe replaced CIO Doug Elkins with Claire Bailey, who will serve as interim CIO and director of the state's Office of Information Technology. Bailey also serves as director of the Department of Information Systems. The state Legislature has recommended that both IT units be combined and, according to local news media, the governor is reviewing the merits of a possible merger.

Patrick Moore, Georgia's interim CIO and former deputy chief operating officer of the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA), became state CIO when Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed him executive director of the GTA in February.

In Ohio, R. Steve Edmonson has been named state CIO and director of the Office of Information Technology. Edmonson previously worked for Cardinal Health as vice president of Information Technology Business Management. He replaces Mary Carroll, who resigned in January.

Mark Bengel will replace Tennessee CIO Bill Ezell, who announced that he will retire on Aug. 1, 2007. Bengel has been the state's deputy CIO and chief technology officer.

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter appointed Michael Locatis as state CIO. Locatis, who previously served as CIO of Denver, replaces John Picanso, who returned to his former position as CIO of the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

Oskar Anderson has been appointed CIO and administrator of the Division of the Enterprise Technology for Wisconsin. Anderson, who was CIO of the Department of Revenue since 2001, replaces Matt Miszewski, who resigned.

In the District of Columbia, Robert LeGrande II has been appointed interim director of the Office of the Chief Technology Officer. He replaces Suzanne Peck, who resigned.

Idaho CIO Pam Ahrens resigned as director of the Department of Administration, a position she held since 1995. Ahrens has been replaced by Keith Johnson.

Gov. Jim Gibbons appointed Daniel H. Stockwell as CIO of Nevada. Stockwell replaces Terry Savage, who resigned to take a position with the enterprise software firm SAP.

Rhode Island CIO Tracy Williams resigned from her position to pursue a career in the private sector. John Landers was appointed as her replacement.

In Wyoming, CIO Larry Biggio retired after serving as the state's IT executive since 2003. No replacement has been named, but Joe Ahern is the deputy CIO.
Tod Newcombe Senior Editor

With more than 20 years of experience covering state and local government, Tod previously was the editor of Public CIO, e.Republic’s award-winning publication for information technology executives in the public sector. He is now a senior editor for Government Technology.