Kansas Chief Information Officer Resigns


Tucked in among a slew of staffing changes announced by the state of Kansas on Friday was the resignation of Chief Information Officer Phil Wittmer. He will be replaced Donna Shelite, the Kansas Office of Information Technology Services (OIT) chief operating officer.

Wittmer had been in the role since 2015. He joined the technology office after an eight-year term as lieutenant governor.

Shelite has been working technology oriented roes for the state since 2013.

Changes at the top levels of Kansas’ technology staff come alongside significant changes in the governor’s office. Friday’s staffing announcement also included a reorganization of the governor’s senior staff following the departure of Governor Brownback. The incoming Colyer administration will see Karla Werth join as Director of Constituent Services. Karla previously served in that role for the Graves Administration.

Andrew Wiens will serve as Chief Policy Officer, replacing Brandon Smith.

Clay Barker, who is currently serving as executive director of the Kansas Republican Party, will also join as special assistant to the Governor.