Jarrett named Delaware CIO

Jarrett named Delaware CIO

By Jason Miller

GCN Staff

AUG. 2—During his 28-year career with Verizon Communications Inc. of Delaware, Thomas Jarrett designed the fiber-optic network now being used for interactive distance learning in several Delaware schools. He also managed the Verizon team that built a high-speed network for all state public schools.

Now Jarrett will take a hands-on approach in other state agencies as well. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner today named the 50-year-old Newark resident as chief information officer in Delaware's Technology and Information Department.

Jarrett will oversee all of the state's information technology needs as well as a transition to the new department by the Information Services Office, which will disband in 2003. He will manage both departments until the merger is complete.

'Tom has the right combination of business, technical and leadership experience to be the state's top technology officer,' Minner said. 'Technology affects both how and how efficiently government serves our citizens, so I consider Tom's appointment one of the most important I have made.'

Jarrett said he plans to refocus the way the state has used technology and to promote electronic government.

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