Missouri CIO steps down as NASIRE president; South Dakota's Otto Doll takes over position

Missouri CIO steps down as NASIRE president; South Dakota's Otto Doll takes over position

By Trudy Walsh
GCN Staff

Missouri's chief information officer, Mike Benzen, bid farewell as the 30th president of the National Association of State Information Resource Executives at NASIRE's annual conference in Indianapolis in October.

Benzen passed the gavel to Otto Doll, South Dakota's CIO and newly installed NASIRE president, at the awards dinner Oct. 26.

'I leave this gavel in good hands,'' Benzen said. 'But I want you to know that there has been no significant Y2K failure under my reign.''

Doll was appointed South Dakota's CIO in 1996. He served as NASIRE's first vice president from 1998 to 1999.

Doll outlined three goals for NASIRE's CIOs under his term as president. 'I want us to cooperate, to communicate and to collaborate.

'I hope I can carry this gavel,'' Doll said. 'With Mike and my other predecessors, this has become a very heavy gavel.''

Benzen also gave out NASIRE's 1999 recognition awards for outstanding achievement in information technology.

The association selected 11 systems out of 52 submissions that made an important contribution to the operation of state government. [GCN/State & Local, November, Page 34].

Benzen honored several people with awards for special service to NASIRE.

Indiana's IT Division and its director, Laura Larimer, were recognized for hosting the annual conference in Indianapolis.

Steve Kolodney, Washington CIO and former NASIRE president, was recognized for his efforts to promote awareness of the year 2000 challenge in the past few years. Benzen presented Kolodney with a T-shirt emblazoned with 'NASIRE: 1996-1900.''

Three others received honors:

  • Thom Rubel, policy studies director for the National Governors' Association

  • Bill Keip, vice president of Metamor Industry Solutions of Dublin, Ohio

  • Sherill Clements, senior vice president of Oracle Corp.


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