North Dakota appoints new CIO

North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer (R) announced last week that he had appointed Curtis Wolfe as the state's chief information officer.

Wolfe had served as an information technology consultant to North Dakota and had completed several studies for the state. One study, a technology review of all state agencies, led to 1997 legislation requiring a statewide technology plan.

Wolfe will become the 17th member of Schafer's cabinet when he officially begins work Oct. 15 as the head of the state's Technology Department. He is replacing Jim Heck, who retired June 30. Wolfe also will direct the state's future technology investments, coordinate among state agencies, and advise the governor and other public and private officials regarding statewide IT development.

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