Greg Zickau Will Stay on as Idaho’s CIO, Despite New Governor

The state's Information Technology Services will be led by Administrator Jeffery Weak, while Greg Zickau remains as the CIO and deputy administrator.

by / January 8, 2018
Idaho CIO Greg Zickau Government Technology/David Kidd

Despite a new administration in Idaho’s state house, the leadership transition will not come with a change to the chief information officer spot. Rather, a new administrator has been named to oversee the state’s IT agency, leaving Greg Zickau to serve as its CIO. 

Jeffery Weak, who began working for the state in August 2017, has been named as the administrator for Information Technology Services (ITS), by Gov. Brad Little, who was sworn in as Idaho’s 33rd governor Jan. 4.

Zickau will continue serving as the state’s CIO and will also serve as deputy administrator, said Erin Seaman, a spokesperson for ITS. Zickau has served as the CIO for 14 years and is the longest-serving state CIO in the country.

Weak’s most recent role has been director of Information Technology Services, a position he’s held since July 2018. Prior to this, Weak was director of Information Security, since August 2017, under then-Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter. Weak has also held cybersecurity roles in the U.S. Air Force, according to his LinkedIn profile.

“We have taken the honor of filling these positions very seriously and ensuring we have the right person to lead these agencies and departments. These men and women are dedicated and valuable public servants,” Little said, in a December statement announcing a number of cabinet-level hires.

In 2018, Idaho formed the Office of Information Technology Services, with a newly established cabinet-level director, giving the state a clearer leadership and policy direction in the implementation of digital technology services and cybersecurity policies across the government.

With its new focus on digital technology and cybersecurity, Idaho aims to consolidate some 68 state organizations and 550 IT personnel over the next five years.