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Arizona’s New Security Officer Served 10 Years in the CIA

Tim Roemer, a former nonpartisan detailee to the White House Situation Room and congressional liaison for the Central Intelligence Agency, has accepted a position as the state’s chief information security officer.

Tim Roemer has been named as Arizona’s new chief information security officer, taking the place of Mike Lettman, who departed at the end of 2018 after seven years in the role.


Roemer, a 10-year veteran of the CIA, previously served as deputy director of legislative affairs for Gov. Doug Ducey. He also served as deputy director for the Arizona Department of Homeland Security and the governor’s public safety adviser. 

Roemer is an Arizona native, with a degree in communications and a minor in political science from Arizona State University, according to the Department of Administration and Technology. 

Owen Zorge, state compliance and privacy officer, served as acting CISO from Jan. 1 to July 1.

“I really look forward to working with [Roemer], and making more significant changes here at the state,” said Zorge, who called his six-month role as CISO “a wonderful experience and a great opportunity.”



Skip Descant writes about smart cities, the Internet of Things, transportation and other areas. He spent more than 12 years reporting for daily newspapers in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and California. He lives in downtown Yreka, Calif.