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Michigan Governor Selects CSO Laura Clark to Serve as CIO

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday the appointment of Laura Clark to the position of chief information officer. Clark will also continue to serve in her role as the state’s chief security officer.

Lansing, Mich., capitol building
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the appointment of Laura Clark to the chief information officer position Oct. 25.

Laura Clark
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer appointed Laura Clark as the state's CIO.
Clark will simultaneously hold the CIO role and fulfill the duties of her chief security officer (CSO) role, confirmed Laura Wotruba, communications specialist for the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB).

This appointment was immediately effective, said Wotruba. The state was looking to fill the role following the departure of Brom Stibitz, who left Oct.16 after accepting a role in the private sector.

"Laura's leadership plays a key role in keeping state employees safe online and helps them focus on getting things done for families," Whitmer said in the announcement.

Clark has been the state’s CSO since January. Before that, she had been serving in the role in an interim capacity since the 2019 departure of former CSO Chris DeRusha, who has since joined the federal government as the CISO for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

Clark has built her career in the public sector, having worked in various roles within the DTMB since 2006, including division director for enterprise services for the CTO and geo-framework services manager.
Julia Edinger is a staff writer for Government Technology. She has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Toledo and has since worked in publishing and media. She's currently located in Southern California.