West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has named Joshua Spence to the role of Chief Technology Officer. He will fill a role that was vacant following the retirement of John Dunlap.
Spence has served as the state’s Chief Information Security Officer since 2015. Prior to joining the West Virginia government, Spence served in a variety of IT roles including one with the US Air Force.
In addition to his role as Chief Technology Officer, Spence will maintain his position as a drill status guardsman with the West Virginia Air National Guard as a Cyber Operations Officer. Prior to his appointment as the State Chief Information Security Officer, Spence served as the Cybersecurity Manager for the West Virginia Air National Guard, 130th Airlift Wing.
West Virginia is in the midst of an IT consolidation and modernization plan which will now be overseen by Spence. Earlier this month, the Secretary of State’s Office launched a one-stop business formation portal designed to streamline permitting for small businesses. Officials are also working on a major expansion of fiber broadband throughout the state.