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Former Missouri CIO to Lead Des Moines, Iowa, IT Department

Jeffrey Wann, the former CIO of Missouri, has returned to the public sector as leader of the IT department for the city of Des Moines, Iowa. Wann has more than 30 years of IT experience in the public and private sectors.

Missouri CIO Jeff Wann
Jeff Wann
Government Technology/David Kidd
After a year of working as an independent IT strategy consultant, former Missouri CIO Jeffrey Wann has returned to a position in the public sector.

Wann will serve as the next CIO of Des Moines, Iowa, and oversee all IT infrastructure, network and application technologies in the city.

Wann has worked in IT in both the public and private sectors for more than 30 years, including stops at the Federal Reserve and Edward Jones Investments.

“Jeffrey has long been a leader in this space, bringing valuable experience to the city at a time when information technology systems are more important than ever,” Assistant City Manager Jim Hoff said in a press release. “We are proud to have him join our efforts in other areas of the organization to streamline and improve services for the city and its residents.”

According to the release, Wann will focus on modernizing systems across each of the city’s 17 departments.

“I’m excited to serve the city of Des Moines and its residents as the next chapter of my career,” said Wann. “To be chosen and trusted to bring my experience to an organization focused on modernizing their services across the city is a special opportunity that I look forward to.”

Wann resigned from his CIO role in Missouri in May 2023 to pursue consulting opportunities. While working in Missouri he led the effort to secure $126 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds and developed a strategy to overhaul the state’s computer system.

Des Moines' former CIO of 16 years, Anna Whipple, announced on her LinkedIn page that she was departing the position to pursue a new career as an ordained minister.

“I will miss my team so much,” Whipple posted. “I am blessed by their talent and true friendship. So it is my honor to make space for new leadership who will support the great things they are capable of.”