REVISED: Oklahoma CIO Alex Pettit accepts Oregon CIO position


For Immediate Release

Director and Secretary
of Finance, Administration and Information Technology


State of Oklahoma
Office of Management and Enterprise Services

Dec. 5, 2013

Oklahoma CIO Alex Pettit accepts Oregon CIO position

NOTE: Governor Fallin's quote has been corrected from previous version.

OKLAHOMA CITY — State Chief Information Officer Alex Pettit has accepted the position of Chief Information Officer for the State of Oregon. Pettit’s last day with the State of Oklahoma is Jan. 4, 2014.

“My almost four years with Oklahoma have been some of the most enjoyable of my life, and I hope that the contributions I have made improved transparency and accountability while reducing the size of government and improving our services to the citizens of Oklahoma,” Pettit said.

As Oklahoma’s first state CIO, Pettit served in the Cabinet of two governors and was instrumental in initiating and leading Oklahoma’s statewide information technology consolidation. He also oversaw the move to the state’s first secure statewide data center and development of the first statewide information technology security operations center.

“Oregon has found itself a fine CIO in Alex Pettit,” said Gov. Mary Fallin. “Oklahoma state government's information technology service was an 8-track player in an iPad world when Alex came on board, and under his leadership we are shedding that distinction and making tremendous progress to become a national leader in state government technology services. I thank him for his service to our state and wish him the best.”

Under state law, the state CIO is a gubernatorial appointee who leads the Office of Management and Enterprise Services Information Services Division (OMES-ISD), which provides information technology services to all state agencies.

“No active state government initiative matches the size and complexity of IT consolidation, and Alex has embraced that challenge with professionalism and enthusiasm from the start,” said OMES Director Preston L. Doerflinger. “We will miss his intellect, vision and leadership when he departs for Oregon, where I am confident he will continue to succeed just as he has here in Oklahoma.”

Doerflinger has named OMES-ISD Chief Operations and Accountability Officer Bo Reese as acting CIO while a search for a new CIO is conducted.

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