North Dakota CIO resigns for private sector job – InForum


BISMARCK — North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley will leave his post in December to take up an executive position at a crypto mining company, according to an announcement from Governor Doug Burgum on Wednesday, October 12.

Burgum tapped Riley for the top job at the state Department of Information Technology in March 2017, making him one of the

senior cabinet members.

The Republican governor said Riley was a “transformation leader” who made working from home easier during the COVID-19 pandemic and guided the state’s advancements in technology and cybersecurity.

Riley, who worked remotely from Minnesota for part of his tenure, touted his department’s accomplishments in his resignation letter, saying North Dakota is the “undisputed national leader” in cybersecurity.

“I’m impressed with what’s been accomplished in our teams,” Riley said. “We broke stereotypes about what ‘state workers’ can do and shattered expectations for technology in government.”

The Information Technology Department (ITD) is responsible for meeting the technology needs of the state government. The agency has a two-year budget of approximately $275 million.

The Department

criticized last month

after Forum News Service revealed that agency officials waited months to bring in an outside firm to help recover deleted emails from former Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.

In his new position, Riley will work as CEO of US operations for Bitzero International, a crypto mining company that agreed earlier this year to

redevelop a former pyramid-shaped missile site in Nekoma, North Dakota,

in a high-powered data center.

ITD Deputy CIO Greg Hoffman will serve as the department’s acting head while the search is underway to fill the position. Hoffman has worked for ITD since 2005.


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