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Washington CIO James Weaver to Lead North Carolina IT

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has named WaTech CIO James Weaver to serve as the state’s new IT chief. This is not the first cross-country move for Weaver, who has also served Pennsylvania state government.

Washington state CIO Jim Weaver
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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed Washington state CIO James Weaver to lead the state's Department of Information Technology (NCDIT), the state announced yesterday afternoon.

Weaver, who is still serving as the chief information officer and director of Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech), will replace Thomas Parrish, the former acting NCDIT secretary and CIO. Parrish has held the role since Tracy Doaks departed for a role with a nonprofit in the summer of 2020. 

“Jim Weaver is a seasoned technology leader and manager, and he is well-positioned to protect the safety of all North Carolinians while helping grow broadband connectivity across the state,” Cooper said in a release.

The cross-country career move is not unprecedented for Weaver, who served Pennsylvania state government before taking the helm at WaTech.

Weaver's appointment is the latest of several changes to the North Carolina governor’s cabinet since he won re-election last November.

“It is an absolute honor to join the team at NCDIT to serve the people of North Carolina,” Weaver said in a release. “I look forward to the opportunity and am excited to get started.”

As for when the transition will take place, no finalized date has been announced by either state.

Until then, Weaver plans to continue to work with the Washington state governor’s office to ensure a smooth transition to an interim director and state CIO until a successor is determined, according to a WaTech press release

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.