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Longtime South Dakota Technology Leader to Retire in June

The Mount Rushmore State’s chief technology officer of more than nine years will depart next month after almost three decades of service. The search for his successor is already in progress.

South Dakota Capitol
South Dakota Capitol
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Pat Snow, longtime South Dakota chief technology officer, will retire in a little more than a month, a spokesperson for the South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT) said Thursday.
Pat Snow.
Pat Snow

Snow, whose state career spans nearly 28 years, will step down June 7, the Bureau’s Dan Hoblick said via email.

The search for his successor is underway — for “an amazing technology leader to fill the shoes of our current and amazing CTO Pat Snow,” as state CIO Jeff Clines said recently on LinkedIn. Clines reposted a LinkedIn notice from the state, aimed at “senior IT leaders,” indicating the bureau is seeking a chief technical officer to join its leadership team.

Snow’s “several decades of dedicated and amazing service to the state,” as Clines put it on LinkedIn, began in 1996, when he joined South Dakota as network technologies manager — a position he held more than 18 years. Snow was most recently chief technology officer for nine years, and before that had served as the state’s director of telecommunications for four and a half years. During his tenure as CTO, he served concurrently as interim chief information officer from March 2018 to October 2019 after the departure of CIO David Zolnowsky.

Snow’s successor will undoubtedly have a hand in the technology evolution taking shape in South Dakota, which Clines, the BIT commissioner as well as state CIO, described to Government Technology in February.

The state is currently undergoing a multiyear effort to implement a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system statewide, overhauling the previous financial system dating to the 1980s. The project was launched last year, and the state is in the process of selecting a vendor. Implementation is expected to begin in 2024, with the goal of going live by 2026.

South Dakota is also in early stages on a new motor vehicle licensing system, Clines said. It’s expected to launch in early 2025.