Montana CIO Tim Bottenfield Announces Retirement Plans

Bottenfield, who has been serving as the state's chief information officer since 2018, plans to retire at the end of the year. As of yet, there is no word on when a successor will be named.

Montana CIO Tim Bottenfield
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Montana Chief Information Officer Tim Bottenfield plans to retire from the State Information Technology Service Division (SITSD) at the end of the year. 

The move would be in line with the departure of outgoing Gov. Steve Bollock, a Democrat, who is term-limited. Greg Gianforte, a Republican, will become Montana’s next governor, after defeating Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney in Tuesday’s election.

"[I have] no definitive plans at this point other than enjoying family and some recreational activities," Bottenfield told Government Technology on Thursday, via email. "I will consider any professional options after a few months of R and R." 

The outgoing CIO replaced Ron Baldwin, who left to pursue a position in the private sector.  

Bottenfield came to the role following a 30-year career in state government. He had previously served  as CIO at the Montana Department of Revenue.

It is unclear when exactly an interim or permanent replacement will be named.  

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 Sacramento.