New CIO takes reins in Nevada
- By Eric Kulisch
- Sep 19, 2000
Nevada Department of Information Technology
The new chief information officer for Nevada said he will focus on fostering
an environment that will attract and keep technical personnel who might
be interested in private industry.
Terry Savage, promoted from deputy director by Gov. Kenny Guinn on Sept.
5, said his biggest challenge was giving the technical staff more autonomy
and freedom to develop creative solutions.
Savage said he took a pay cut in January to move to Carson City from PRI/Interval
Logic Corp., a software development company in Menlo Park, Calif. He said
the city's quality of life and the positive workplace culture compensate
for the salary difference.
About 10 positions in Nevada's Department of Information Technology remain
unfilled, from a high of more than 60 vacancies earlier this year, Savage
said, and staffing prospects have improved.
One of Gov. Guinn's top priorities for the 2001 legislative session is higher
salaries for state employees, said Jack Finn, the governor's press secretary.
Marlene Lockard, who retired at the end of July, left DOIT in good shape, with no
serious operational issues to confront, Savage said. However, a September report by Brown University
ranks Nevada near the bottom of states offering e-government services.