Missouri and Utah CIOs leave for private sector

Missouri and Utah CIOs leave for private sector

By Trudy Walsh

GCN Staff

SEPT. 5—Missouri and Utah are losing their chief information officers to the private sector.

Missouri CIO Mike Benzen recently accepted a job as vice president of government services for Tier Technologies of Walnut Creek, Calif. His last day as the state's CIO will be Oct. 1.

Benzen has worked in Missouri government for 30 years, the last five as CIO. He was president of the National Association of State Information Resource Executives (NASIRE) in 1998 and 1999.

As Missouri's CIO, Benzen said he was most proud of his work with electronic government initiatives, the Year 2000 rollover and the state's data center consolidation. "I'll miss the opportunity to get everybody to work together and get things done. But it's time for a change, for me and Missouri," he said.

Gov. Mel Carnahan appointed Gerry Wethington, director of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's information systems division, to be acting CIO.

Meanwhile, David Moon left his job as Utah's CIO on Sept. 1 to help start a new venture capital company in the state. Moon guided Utah through the Year 2000 rollover and also helped launch e-Utah, the state's e-government portal. Before his service as CIO, Moon was vice president of development for Novell Inc.

Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt has not yet named a successor for Moon.

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