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Ohio IT Deputy Katrina Flory Appointed Permanent CIO

Following the departure of Ohio's former CIO Ervan Rodgers earlier this month, Deputy CIO Katrina Flory has been named as Rodger’s permanent replacement. She served in the deputy CIO position since 2011.

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Ohio’s longtime deputy chief information officer, Katrina Flory, was named CIO yesterday afternoon, officially replacing former CIO Ervan Rodgers.

Last month, Rodgers announced that he was leaving his post June 2 to accept an executive position with retail company Designer Brands.

“I am leaving the state better than I found it and in the great hands of my friend Katrina Flory,” Rodgers told Government Technology at the time.

News about Flory’s permanent appointment was first shared yesterday afternoon via an internal Department of Administrative Services email.

In the email, Interim Director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services Matt Whatley wrote, “I’m pleased to announce that Katrina Flory has accepted the permanent position of state chief information officer. As state CIO, she will also serve as one of our two department of administrative services assistant directors.”

“With her extensive experience in state government and decade of leadership within the office of information technology,” Whatley said, “she is well prepared to take the lead on our work to deliver vital digital services to Ohioans.”

Flory’s extensive experience includes serving as deputy CIO since 2011, where she established the Office of Information Technology’s strategic direction. She also oversaw enterprise shared services such as OAKS (Ohio Administrative Knowledge System), the InnovateOhio Platform, Ohio Business Gateway and eLicense system. Before that, she joined the Office of Information Technology in 2000 and was previously with the Ohio Department of Taxation.

“Partnerships with our colleagues across state government and Lt. Governor Husted’s InnovateOhio Platform have proven incredibly successful, improving IT operations and digital services to Ohio citizens,” Whatley said. “I’m excited to work with Katrina and her team to take these efforts to the next level.”

Flory echoed a similar message of enthusiasm toward her new role, highlighting her plans and goals as CIO.

“I’m looking forward to continuing Ohio’s focus on innovation, specifically digital services to reduce manual and paper processes, modernizing systems to meet the demand of our customers and driving toward the goal of furthering Ohio’s role as a leader in the state government IT space,” Flory said via email.
Katya Maruri is a staff writer for Government Technology. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in global strategic communications from Florida International University.