After three years as Kansas’ state chief information technology officer (CITO), Anthony Schlinsog is leaving public service for a job in the private sector.
Schlinsog submitted a letter of resignation on Thursday, Oct. 2, according to the Topeka Capitol-Journal. He assumed the CITO position in November 2011 after Gov. Sam Brownback’s first choice – Jim Mann – abruptly departed the post after allegations surfaced regarding the adequacy of Mann’s educational background. Schlinsog’s last day working for the state will be Oct. 18.
“We are grateful for Anthony’s service to the state of Kansas,” said Eileen Hawley, director of communications for Brownback, in an email to Government Technology. “We wish Anthony well in his new position. Public service is demanding and I know that Anthony is looking forward to having more time with his family.”
Hawley added that Schlinsog had overseen a number of IT initiatives during his tenure. Most recently, he was involved in a strategy to adopt industry best practices for IT across all Kansas state agencies.
Prior to his role as state CITO, Schlinsog was CIO for the Kansas Department of Transportation. He holds a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich.
Secretary of Administration Jim Clark will assume CITO duties in an interim capacity moving forward. Hawley noted that Clark has familiarity with the responsibilities, having been involved in most of the state’s major current IT initiatives and programs.
“This will give the state time to conduct a thorough search for the most qualified individual to fill the position,” Hawley said.
Brian Heaton was a writer for Government Technology magazine from 2011 to mid-2015.