Vermont gets new state CIO

Vermont Governor Jim Douglas last week announced a new Commissioner of the Department of Information and Innovation (DII) and Chief Information Officer for the state. The new appointment is part of broader shakeup in Vermont, as the state looks to capitalize on stimulus dollars for high-speed broadband deployments.

David H. Tucker will replace Tom Murray as state CIO, as Mr. Murray resigned to take the position of Executive Director of the Vermont Telecommunications Authority. Mr. Tucker comes to DII from the Vermont Department of Labor where he worked for nearly 20 years.

Gov. Douglas said Tucker’s experience in state government will help the state deliver government services more effectively and affordably. “David’s experiences at DII and in state government broadly make him specially qualified to act as the State’s CIO during this critical time,” he said.

Other management moves in Vermont’s tech hierarchy saw Vermont’s Chief Recovery Officer, Tom Evslin, become the state’s new CTO. Evslin will work with Mr. Murray at the Vermont Telecommunications Authority to tackle a number of telecom initiatives, including a plan to extend broadband to all corners of the state through the state’s ConnectVermont.

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