Texas officially names Kimbriel CIO

After serving as the state's interim CIO for more than a year, Todd Kimbriel will officially fill the role vacated by Karen Robinson in Texas in 2014.

AUSTIN, Texas — Todd Kimbriel will officially serve as the next chief information officer of Texas, officials confirmed to StateScoop earlier this week.

For the last year, Kimbriel already has been working as interim CIO. He’ll take on the CIO post while continuing to serve as deputy executive director, according to the Department of Information Resources’ Executive Director Stacey Napier in a formal announcement Friday.

“Todd brings an unmatched wealth of expertise and knowledge with him as he takes over the role of state CIO,” Napier said in a release. “His professional background, both in the private sector as well as his experience here at DIR, makes him a natural fit for this position.”

When Napier was named the department’s new executive director late last month, she said she would determine whether she would act as the state’s CIO or delegate those responsibilities.


“Being named CIO is a tremendous honor,” Kimbriel said in the release. “DIR has continually progressed in improving technology services for Texas and our customers, and I’m excited to begin my duties as chief information officer for our great state.” 

Karen Robinson, the state’s most recent full-time CIO also served as executive director of the department from 2009 until her departure in 2014.

Jake Williams

Written by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is a Staff Reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop. At StateScoop, he covers the information technology issues and events at state and local governments across the nation. In the past, he has covered the United States Postal Service, the White House, Congress, cabinet-level departments and emerging technologies in the unmanned aircraft systems field for FedScoop. Before FedScoop, Jake was a contributing writer for Campaigns & Elections magazine. He has had work published in the Huffington Post and several regional newspapers and websites in Pennsylvania. A northeastern Pennsylvania native, Jake graduated magna cum laude from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, or IUP, in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in political science. At IUP, Jake was the editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Penn, and the president of the university chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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