Salem, OR—State Chief Information Officer (CIO) Alex Pettit, Ph.D. announced his resignation today, effective June 1, 2018. Deputy CIO Terrence Woods will serve as interim CIO while a national recruitment process is conducted for a permanent appointment.
“I thank Alex for his work managing creative solutions for difficult problems,” said Governor Kate Brown. “Alex's commitment to Oregonians was evident in his efforts to steer the Chief Information Officer's office towards customer-centered and innovative solutions.”
Modernizing IT systems across the state enterprise is a key to Governor Brown's commitment to efficient and effective government services. Governor Kate Brown and CIO Alex Pettit mutually agreed that after his service stabilizing several technology challenges for Oregon state agencies and partner jurisdictions, the time is right for a new CIO to be put in place to build on his work and move the Governor's vision for IT governance forward.
About the Oregon State Chief Information Officer (OSCIO)
The OSCIO provides statewide IT leadership by maturing enterprise technology governance, leveraging investments in shared services, ensuring transparency, providing oversight, and delivering secure and innovative solutions—enabling state agencies and partner jurisdictions to better serve Oregonians through enterprise technology solutions. With the passage of HB 3099 (2015), the State CIO is responsible for ensuring alignment between statewide IT policy and operations, advising the Governor on enterprise technology and telecommunications, implementing the IT Governance framework and establishing the state of Oregon's long-term IT strategy through the Enterprise Information Resource Management Strategy.