Oregon CIO Dugan Petty to Retire

Oregon's CIO helped advance information security, GIS technologies and e-government.

by / August 14, 2012

Oregon CIO Dugan Petty announced that he will retire November 2. The move was announced in a memo sent to state agency heads on Monday, Aug. 13.

Petty is the current president of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). His one-year term ends in October.

Petty, pictured at left, served as state CIO since 2006, making him the longest-serving CIO the state has had since it created the position, according to a press release. Petty was responsible for bringing an enterprise approach to Oregon state government, leading the Enterprise Information Strategy and Policy Division of the Department of Administrative Services, now known as the Chief Information Office.

“Dugan came to the role at a critical time when the state sought to redesign enterprise technology to better meet the state’s current and future needs,” wrote Michael Jordan, Oregon's chief operating officer. “Dugan’s leadership and ability to pull together stakeholders to work toward common goals has helped Oregon make significant advances in information security, GIS technologies and e-government.”

Oregon was undergoing a data center consolidation when Petty was first instated as CIO. He rewrote the data center charter to incorporate reporting and accountability into state policy.

In 2011, Petty was named one of Government Technology's “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in Public Sector Innovation” for his work as CIO, including development of a GovSpace, an internal social networking site for Oregon state employees and their business partners.

Petty also oversaw the Oregon Stimulus Transparency and Accountability Tracking System, a stimulus fund tracking and mapping tool; the data.oregon.gov public data sharing repository; and an e-government project to help agencies move information and payment processes onto the Web.

Before serving as state CIO, Petty served as deputy administrator of the State Services Division, where he was responsible for risk management, procurement, surplus services and the state fleet. “In that role he lead Oregon’s strategic sourcing initiative which reduced state agencies’ contract costs by $10.4 million during the 2003-05 budget period and projected to save $50 million over the life of the contracts,” read a press release.

“I want to thank Dugan for his tireless public service and for his help and support,” Jordan wrote. “He has capably contributed to DAS’ change efforts and enterprise initiatives. His presence on the DAS Executive Team will be sorely missed.”

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