West Virginia CTO Kyle Schafer will step down effective Friday, March 2, to take a job outside of state government, according to a local media report.
The Charleston Daily Mail newspaper reported Schafer sent a message to his LinkedIn contacts informing them of his resignation.
Schafer was appointed the state’s CTO in 2005 by then-Gov. Joe Manchin. Schafer worked for years to consolidate West Virginia’s technology infrastructure. According to Schafer’s official biography, he was also working on mobility projects, broadband services and statewide implementation of an enterprise resource planning system.
In 2011, Schafer served as the president of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. Prior to coming to public service, Schafer worked for more than two decades in various IT positions for NiSource Corp.
West Virginia’s Office of Technology is housed with the state’s administration department. The office operated with a $1.8 million budget in fiscal 2012, and delivered $74 million in services to state agencies and departments. The Office of Technology also oversees an enterprise server for the state, as well as disaster recovery capabilities.