Massachusetts has officially named John Letchford as the state’s CIO, according to the state’s Executive Office of Administration and Finance.
Letchford was named deputy CIO in February 2008 and served as the state’s acting CIO beginning in summer 2010 when Anne Margulies quit as state CIO to become Harvard University’s CIO. After taking the acting CIO position, Letchford also continued his role as deputy CIO.
Letchford has worked in multiple IT roles for Massachusetts, including as technical operations manager for the Virtual Gateway, an Internet portal developed by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, according to the Massachusetts eHealth Institute.
More recently, as deputy state CIO, Letchford managed the state’s IT infrastructure consolidation of 183 siloed data centers, 100 phone systems, 24 e-mail systems and 15 data networks.
Before entering public sector, Letchford worked with Procter and Gamble for nine years. He also attended York and Exeter universities.
“We are focusing on jobs, education, youth violence and health care,” Letchford said in the interview about the state government’s priorities. “The question is, how do we get cost containment among all these key initiatives? My role is getting IT to support those initiatives while trying to drive cost down through consolidation and improved security."