Kentucky IT Leadership Takes Shape

Steve Rucker named commissioner of the Kentucky Commonwealth Office of Technology; Lori Flanery to continue as interim state CIO.

by / January 13, 2011
Steve Rucker, commissioner, Kentucky Commonwealth Office of Technology. Photo courtesy of the Kentucky Commonwealth Office of Technology. Photo courtesy of the Kentucky Commonwealth Office of Technology

Kentucky has named Steve Rucker the commissioner of the Commonwealth Office of Technology. He’ll be responsible for the office’s daily operations. Lori Flanery will continue serving as interim state CIO.

Rucker most recently served as executive director of the agency’s Office of Infrastructure Services, and has worked for the agency for the past 25 years. The Commonwealth Office of Technology is located under the state’s Finance and Administration Cabinet

Rucker will report to Flanery, according to a memo from Jonathan Miller, secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet. Flanery is the cabinet’s deputy secretary.

There has been some turnover in Kentucky’s CIO seat in recent years. Mark Rutledge left the post in late 2007, and last year Gov. Steve Beshear moved Phil Baughn out of the role after one year of service and assigned him to manage broadband investments across the state.

Flanery’s scope of responsibility extends beyond IT. She oversees several financial operations, including the state controller and Department of Revenue.

Beshear will run for re-election in 2011.

Matt Williams Contributing Writer

Matt Williams was previously the news editor of, and is now a contributor to Government Technology and Public CIO magazines. He also previously served as the managing editor of TechWire, a sister publication to Government Technology.2