Kolodney returns to lead Washington IT

Steve Kolodney, former director of Washington's Department of Information Services (DIS), who left June 30 for a job in the private sector, will be returning to his former post on Oct. 4.

Kolodney said he was enjoying his new job in Sacramento, Calif., but missed state government, so he recently called Gov. Gary Locke (D) to see if the position was still available. "The governor has a strong interest in making Washington state government more accessible...and that's very exciting to me," Kolodney said, adding that there are great opportunities in digital government and that will be his focus upon returning to DIS.

Washington had initiated a nationwide search for a new CIO, but had been unsuccessful until Kolodney became available again, said Locke spokesman Keith Love. "A couple of times we were told by the head hunters that the best guy out there was this guy Steve Kolodney," Love said. "We said 'Yes we know that,' and [we] were thrilled when Steve wanted to come back. Literally, he's the best in the country."

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