Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020

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Alex Pettit appointed as new state Chief Technology Officer

DENVER — The Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Pettit, Ph.D., as the state’s new Chief Technology Officer. Pettit joins the State of Colorado from the State of Oregon, where he shaped the technology ecosystem serving as the Chief Information Officer and separately as the Chief Enterprise Architect for the Secretary of State. 

“Alex brings a wealth of knowledge to the State of Colorado as a veteran technology expert in both the public and private sectors,” said OIT Chief Information Officer and Executive Director Theresa Szczurek, Ph.D. “Alex will pursue our passionate purpose of Customer Delight while working to fulfill OIT’s mission of enhancing the lives of all Coloradans.”

In his new role for the State of Colorado, Pettit will keep all systems operating, information flowing, applications advancing, and technology transforming. He will guide further enhancements of a world-class IT infrastructure, the use of cloud services, and the applications of blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and other modern technologies.   

“I am very excited to be a part of the OIT team. As Teddy Roosevelt said, ‘By far the best prize in life is to work hard at work worth doing.’ This is what OIT does every hour of every day,” Pettit explained.

Pettit was appointed as the first Chief Information Officer in the State of Oklahoma.  Previously, he led the City of Denton’s (Texas) technology efforts for over 10 years as their first ever Chief Technology Officer. Throughout his career, Alex also held private sector positions at Smartmatic, TEKsystems, Brown University, Marsh, Ernst & Young, and AT&T. 

In addition to his leadership skills, Pettit brings hands-on project management and network engineering experience. Pettit earned a doctorate in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of North Texas with a focus on Enterprise Architecture, and a Master of Business Administration in Management Information Systems (MIS) from Loyola University Chicago. 


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About the Governor’s Office of Information Technology

The Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT) is a dynamic organization responsible for the operation and delivery of information and communications technology services and driving innovation across Executive Branch agencies in the State of Colorado. OIT delivers smart technology solutions, provides quality customer service, and supports state agencies whose missions are critical to serving Coloradans. OIT oversees technology initiatives at the state level and recommends strategies to maximize efficiencies and offer cost-effective services through the application of enterprise technology solutions. The Office’s enterprise approach also enables the agile delivery of new applications to state agencies that improve the overall customer experience and citizen access to government services while increasing accountability and transparency.

OIT is home to the Office of Information Security (OIS) and the Colorado Broadband Office (CBO), and manages the Public Safety Communications Network which includes the Digital Trunked Radio System, a statewide wireless system that enables direct communications between first responders and agencies. 

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