On July 23, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback named a new chief information technology officer in Phil Wittmer. Wittmer will join the Governor’s Office of Information Technology Services on Aug. 10, following three years of service from Anthony Schlinsog, who resigned in Oct., and an interim role filled by Secretary of Administration Jim Clark.
“Phil will bring a unique perspective to the role of the CITO,” Brownback said. “I am pleased he is bringing his extensive experience in managing IT systems to serve the citizens of Kansas.” According to his profile on LinkedIn, Wittmer joins the state with more than 20 years of private-sector IT experience, including roles at Pizza Hut, Grand Metropolitan Foodservice, ARAMARK, KOCH INDUSTRIES, TV Guide Magazine, U.S. Central, Affiliated Computer Services, CSC Consulting and Polsinelli Shughart. For the past 13 years, Wittmer was president of Lead-IT, a technology investment and consultancy firm. Kansas holds a unique position in the tech world today after Google Fiber selected Kansas City, Kan., as its first city deployment in 2011. In rural areas of the state, however, the administration continues to search for a means of connecting citizens to the Internet.