Florida CIO resigns following arrest

Florida CIO resigns following arrest

Roy Cales resigned Aug. 30 as Florida's chief information officer after the Leon County sheriff's department issued a warrant for his arrest for grand theft.

Cales, who has been on administrative leave with pay since July 18 [see story at gcn.com/vol1_no1/daily-updates/4715-1.html ] turned himself in that day and was placed on pretrial release. His resignation letter to Gov. Jeb Bush said, 'The state Technology Office is at a crucial stage of development. It is important for you to have a CIO in place to lead it at this time.'

Kim Bahrami is acting CIO, and there are no plans to name a new CIO, said Liz Hirst, Bush's press secretary.

Bush said in a statement that he accepted the resignation 'with a heavy heart. The crimes Roy is accused of committing are serious, but we must affirm that public officials enjoy the same presumption of innocence afforded to all of us."

Cales' initiative to consolidate more than 1,700 technology employees and a $600 million budget has been put on hold.

According to press reports, Cales through his lawyer, Stephen Dobson, has denied any wrongdoing.

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