State IT Leadership of the Year
When Wyoming CIO Gordon Knopp resigned in May 2021 amid a major breach of health data, Gov. Mark Gordon asked deputy CIO Timothy Sheehan to restore the reputation of the state’s Department of Enterprise Technology Services. “My core focus was looking at the agency anew,” Sheehan says. “I took a holistic view, did an assessment to understand the state of the agency and realign priorities.” He found ETS was sometimes out of sync with the rest of government. “We weren’t communicating effectively,” he says. “We revamped how we engage our agencies.” There’s also, in light of the breach, a new emphasis on cybersecurity: “It starts with identity management,” Sheehan says.