Washington Governor Appoints WaTech Acting Director

Mark Quimby, deputy director for technology and operations at Washington Technology Solutions, has been named acting director and state CIO by Governor Jay Inslee following James Weaver’s departure.

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has named Mark Quimby acting director of Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech), replacing former CIO James Weaver.

Quimby, who has worked with the agency since 2014, currently serves as the deputy director for technology and operations at WaTech. Before that, he was the assistant director for network services and was an enterprise data network manager and disaster recovery architect for the agency.

In his new role, Quimby will continue to carry out agency initiatives including:

  • Increased centralized cybersecurity management and accountability

  • Adoption of a brokered service model

  • Investment in innovation to meet the current and future needs of the enterprise

  • Alignment of statewide architecture to emphasize reuse and integration of existing technology

  • Leveraging advances in technology to improve communication and provide greater access to data 

“I’m excited at the opportunity to be the acting WaTech director and state CIO," Quimby said via email. "My focus will be on leading and motivating the agency to improve capabilities, reduce costs and align IT strategies to the business mission.” 

Quimby will assume his new role on March 11, as a nationwide search for a permanent director  continues.  

“Mark has dedicated over 20 years of his career to serving the people of Washington state, and I know he will utilize his experience to continue developing the level of service WaTech brings to state government,” Inslee said in a release. “I look forward to collaborating with Mark, and I thank Jim for his service the past two years through some of our state’s most challenging and complex times.” 

Weaver announced in February he would be leaving Washington to take the CIO role in North Carolina.

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, and more than five years of experience in the print and digital news industry.