Bill Rogers Tapped as New Hampshire CIO

Gov. John Lynch picks replacement for longtime CIO Richard Bailey, who was tasked last year by the governor to manage the Division of Motor Vehicles.

by / January 20, 2011

Bill Rogers, a private-sector CIO with three decades of experience in the technology industry, has been nominated as the commissioner of the Department of Information Technology.

Gov. John Lynch nominated Rogers, and the pick was to be considered for approval Wednesday, Jan 19, by the Governor’s Executive Council. Rogers is currently the CIO and managing director at Piscataqua Partners, a business advisory firm in Portsmouth, N.H. Prior to that, Rogers was CIO and vice president of Goss International.

“Bill Rogers has the innovation, technical expertise and leadership abilities to lead the Department of Information Technology. The department will play an important role in state government as we continue to find ways to use technology to better deliver services to the people of New Hampshire,” Lynch said in a statement.

In 2008, the New Hampshire Legislature created the position of a commissioner for the Department of Information Technology, but the Legislature hasn’t yet approved the position’s salary, according to Lynch’s office. Consequently Rogers is technically an interim appointment until his salary is approved.

Lynch took office in 2004, the same year Richard Bailey became CIO. Last year the governor designated Bailey to manage the Division of Motor Vehicles, and Peter Hastings had been serving as the state’s interim IT commissioner and CIO.