North Dakota Appoints New CIO


North Dakota has appointed Shawn Riley to be the state’s chief information officer and lead the North Dakota Information Technology Department (ITD). The announcement came in an official release on Friday.

Riley was previously the section head of information technology for Mayo Clinic. He has also held roles within the Mayo Clinic Health System as chief information officer and chief technology officer. Earlier in his career, he consulted at IBM and other Fortune 500 companies nationally and internationally on networks, system security and compliance, training and e-business projects.

Riley has also been a member of the Minnesota Department of Education’s K-12 Science Standards Subcommittee and the FBI InfraGard national infrastructure security program.

Riley will relocate from Minnesota and take over the position on April 17, 2017.

Dan Sipes, who has served as interim CIO since December, will return to his roles as ITD’s director of operations and deputy CIO.

“Information technology is constantly evolving and becoming more complex, and I’m excited to join ITD at a time when state agencies are being encouraged to embrace change and become more efficient – a goal that ITD can help them achieve,” Riley said in a statement.