Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback appointed Jim Mann as the state’s new chief information technology officer (CITO) on Monday, Nov. 7.

In addition, Brownback issued an executive order stating that the IT directors and IT staff of most agencies are to report directly to the new position.

As CITO, Mann will be responsible for “all systems that deliver appropriate information to all levels of governments, improving IT efficiency and effectiveness across agencies and providing the agencies with a core set of reliable services that allow the agencies to focus on their unique IT missions,” according to Brownback’s office.

“With a centralized IT organization, we plan to drive cost down, consolidate redundant IT functions and improve communication,” Mann said in a statement.

Brownback said Kansas will be heavily dependent on a CITO to catch up on technological advances, to improve interagency communication and to improve business efficiency while saving tax dollars.

“Jim Mann has an extensive background as a senior information technology specialist with a track record of establishing both short- and long-term technology strategic direction,” Brownback said in a statement. “He will provide the leadership and knowledge necessary to make technological changes in a user friendly fashion, both inside and outside of state government.”

Mann formerly served as the CTO at Service Brands International where he managed a Microsoft “Gold Partner” development team.  He previously owned Irishmann Enterprises Inc., where he was responsible for overseeing administration, sales and operation activities for a business-to-business franchise. 

Before then, Mann served as the global vice president and CIO of Havi Foodservice Worldwide. His resume also includes four years as vice president and CIO of Lawson Products Inc.

Brownback’s office did not immediately return a call from Government Technology for clarification of the state’s new IT reporting structure. According to the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, Dennis Taylor is currently Kansas’ secretary and acting CIO of the Department of Administration. Taylor is listed by NASCIO as the state CIO.