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North Dakota Makes Way for New CIO

Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Minnesotan Shawn Riley to head up the North Dakota Information Technology Department.

by / March 13, 2017
Incoming North Dakota CIO Shawn Riley will begin with the Information Technology Department April 17. ND Information Technology Department
Incoming North Dakota CIO Shawn Riley will begin with the Information Technology Department April 17.

Gov. Doug Burgum announced the appointment of a Minnesota man as the state’s incoming CIO March 10. According to a news release from Burgum’s office, Shawn Riley will assume the state lead technology role on April 17.

Over the past 13 years, Riley has served in a number of leadership roles with the Mayo Clinic. In 2004, he was appointed as the nonprofit’s chief technology officer before accepting the position of information management officer in 2011. Most recently, Riley was appointed as the organization’s CIO in 2014.

“Shawn Riley brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to an increasingly important role in state government,” Burgum said in the release. “His experience overseeing the IT efforts for a world-class health-care organization like Mayo Clinic will prove invaluable as technology continues to transform the way government services are delivered in North Dakota.”

The incoming CIO said in the release that he is excited to join the Information Technology Department (ITD) and to work toward a more efficient and secure state.

“Information technology is constantly evolving and becoming more complex, and I’m excited to join ITD at a time when state agencies are being encouraged to embrace change and become more efficient — a goal that ITD can help them achieve,” he said. “I also look forward to furthering the state’s efforts to improve cybersecurity and protect our networks at a time of increased risk of cyberattacks.”

Riley is replacing former CIO Mike Ressler, who was displaced when the incoming Burgum announced his plans to shake up the C-suite. Ressler had been in the position since 2013 under Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

After the departure of Ressler, deputy CIO Dan Sipes stepped up in an interim capacity. According to the governor’s announcement, he will return to the deputy CIO role. 

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