Iowa Gov Appoints Transportation IT Chief as New State CIO

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the appointment of Department of Transportation IT Director Annette Dunn to the role of state CIO. She replaces Robert von Wolffradt, who stepped down as state CIO in January.

by / July 31, 2019
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (AP/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Tuesday the appointment of Annette Dunn as the state’s new CIO.

Previously, Dunn served as the Department of Transportation IT division director and CIO since 2015, according to a press release from the governor’s office. She replaces Robert von Wolffradt, who stepped down as state CIO in January.

Reynolds said in a prepared statement that Dunn will be instrumental in driving innovation and technological changes across state agencies.

“From strengthening strategic initiatives such as cybersecurity and rural broadband connectivity, Annette will play an important role in helping our state meet the demands of a 21st century digital economy,” Reynolds said.

Dunn said in the release that she is honored to have been tapped by Reynolds to lead IT efforts in Iowa.

“In this role, I will collaborate with the other state agencies to develop and implement technical solutions to keep Iowa moving forward,” she said.

Before overseeing IT at the DOT, Dunn was the director of support services and the winter operations administrator for the agency. While in those roles, she aided in the implementation of a statewide winter operation GPS/Advanced Vehicle Location project involving more than 900 snowplows.

In 2018, Iowa received a Digital States Survey grade of B from the Center for Digital Government (the Center is part of e.Republic, Government Technology's parent company).

Dunn will assume the role as CIO at the Office of the Chief Information Officer on Monday.

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