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Florida CIO Jamie Grant Will Reportedly Leave Job by July

Grant took over as the state’s chief information officer in 2020 after service as a state lawmaker and tech experience in the private sector. A state official has praised his work in streamlining state IT.

Florida CIO Jamie Grant
Florida CIO Jamie Grant
Courtesy of Florida Department of Management Services 
Florida CIO Jamie Grant reportedly is leaving his job at the end of June.

As of Friday afternoon there was no official announcement but the move was reported via the Twitter feed of The Florida Standard.

Calls and emails to the governor’s media office, as well as Florida Digital Service — the relatively young agency to which Grant was attached — were not returned as of deadline Friday afternoon.

On the website of the Florida Department of Management Services late Friday afternoon, the biography of Grant was empty even though those of his colleagues included photos and professional information.

The Florida Standard, attributing “senior officials in the DeSantis administration,” said via Twitter that “Grant had agreed to stay on through this year’s budget cycle, and more details on his next steps will be available in the coming weeks.”

The Florida Standard reported praise for Grant’s tenure, which began in August 2020. The news source quoted a DeSantis spokesperson as saying that Grant did a “remarkable job delivering a streamlined government technology experience and improved cybersecurity for Floridians across the state.”

Grant resigned as a Florida state representative to take the chief information officer job back in 2020. He became the the first full-time CIO for the state since the early 2019 departure of Eric Larson.

According to a press release at the time, Florida Digital Service, the agency he was hired to lead, would focus on “implementing Gov. DeSantis’ cloud-first policy initiative, transforming aging legacy systems using agile methodologies, and strengthening Florida’s cybersecurity response.”

While he was an elected politician, Grant helped the state reorganize its IT operations. His private-sector experience included work with blockchain and health-care technology.