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Florida CIO Eric Larson Departs Agency for State Technology

Larson, who was appointed CIO in 2017, previously served as the Florida Agency for State Technology’s chief operations officer and chief technology officer.

by / January 14, 2019

Florida CIO Eric Larson has left the Agency for State Technology (AST), according to his automatic email response.

The response simply said, "Thank you for your message. I am no longer with the Agency for State Technology."

This marks the end of a lengthy stint for Larson with the Florida Agency for State Technology. Prior to being appointed CIO in 2017, Larson had previously served as the group’s chief operations officer and chief technology officer. His departure now comes with the transition from Gov. Rick Scott to newly elected Gov. Ron DeSantis.

It is unclear as of yet who will fill the CIO position in the wake of Larson’s departure. Last week, a spokesperson for AST referred questions to the state’s Executive Office of the Governor. Phone calls and emails to that office had not been returned as of Monday morning.

Larson was appointed interim Florida CIO in March 2017 after then-CIO Jason Allison departed for a position in the private sector.

Leading IT and broader technology efforts in Florida, preparing for a future based on data-driven governance as well as a coming wave of IT workforce retirements have been focal points of Larson’s office. Using tech to foster more efficient and better disaster response efforts has also been part of the ongoing work in recent years, as the state remains vulnerable to tropical storms and hurricanes.

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