Minnesota CIO Carolyn Parnell to Step Down

After nearly four years with the state, Parnell is moving on.

by / December 4, 2014
Carolyn Parnell, CIO, Minnesota e.Republic/David Kidd

On Dec. 2, Minnesota CIO Carolyn Parnell announced that she will resign on Jan. 5.

A 2013 Top 25 “Doers, Dreamers and Drivers” award winner, Parnell oversaw her state’s IT consolidation project, sweeping reforms that saved the state about $28 million. Parnell resigns after taking the position in early 2011.

“As Commissioner of MN.IT Services, Carolyn Parnell ably led major reforms in our state government's information technology and related services,” Gov. Mark Dayton stated in a press release. “I am grateful to Carolyn for her dedicated service to the people of Minnesota.” 

In an internal memo, Parnell said she’s leaving to pursue new challenges. “I want you to know that the fact that I’m leaving says something about my faith in all of you to carry on with the momentum we have created together,” she wrote.

The governor’s office announced that Minnesota is now looking for a replacement to fill the CIO position.