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Indiana Names Lt. Gov.'s Chief of Staff to CIO Post

Tracy Barnes brings experience from the public and private sectors, including oversight of four Indiana state agencies, to the role of CIO. He steps in for Dewand Neely, who left last year for a nonprofit job.

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About four months after Dewand Neely left the Indiana Office of Technology, the state has a new CIO in Tracy Barnes.

Barnes, who will officially step in as CIO on March 30, brings to the role a background of both administrative and technology experience. He is currently chief of staff for Indiana’s lieutenant governor, where he helps manage the Housing and Community Development Authority, Office of Tourism Development, Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and the Department of Agriculture.

“Tracy has a bold vision for state government that inspired our entire staff to think bolder, act faster and constantly find new ways to better serve Hoosiers,” Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch said in a statement. “He spearheaded the implementation of the state’s electronic grants management system, transformed how we deliver broadband to rural communities, and challenged our agencies to make diversity and inclusion a priority. I am so proud to see him step into this new role and use his talents to modernize our evolving state and agency needs.”

Before joining the state government, Barnes served as president and CEO of the IT consultancy ENTAP for 11 years. Before that, he served in various roles — often focused on Oracle’s PeopleSoft software — for Accenture, Ciber Enterprise Solutions and Butler University, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Barnes joins a highly celebrated state IT organization. The last two Indiana CIOs, Neely and Paul Baltzell, made Government Technology’s list of Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers. Neely left the state for a nonprofit group after bringing a focus on infrastructure modernization, cybersecurity and data.

“Tracy offers the vision and skills essential to growing the digital strategy required to power great government service,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said in the statement. “His combination of private sector and public service experiences will ensure the state is on the cutting edge of technology, cybersecurity and policy.”