Published on January 12, 2024, 6:17 pm

Ed Toner, Nebraska’s chief information officer, is set to retire from his position next month after eight years of service. During his tenure, Toner made significant advancements in the state’s IT systems, including modernizing and upgrading Nebraska’s legacy system. His office’s partnerships with local colleges helped attract and retain talented professionals in the public sector, ensuring healthy staffing levels.

Toner was initially appointed as CIO in 2015 by former Governor Pete Ricketts and later reappointed by Governor Jim Pillen in 2022. Governor Pillen praised Toner’s shared vision of “running government like a business” and emphasized the importance of technological innovation to create value for Nebraska taxpayers.

Under Toner’s leadership, one of the notable projects involved consolidating the state’s data centers, resulting in cost savings of $30 million since 2017. This consolidation proved especially beneficial during the pandemic when it facilitated a smooth transition to remote work for employees.

Prior to serving as Nebraska’s CIO, Toner had gained extensive experience at TD Ameritrade and First Data Corporation. His commitment to high service availability enabled him to prioritize infrastructure and application accessibility for the public.

Notably, Toner stands out among state CIOs for regularly publishing his agency’s performance measures. This commitment to transparency ensures accountability and effective governance.

With Toner stepping down, Mark Neemann from the CIO office will serve as Nebraska’s interim CIO until a new leader is appointed. An executive search firm called Ford Webb Associates has been tasked with conducting a national search for the state’s next CIO.

Governor Pillen expressed gratitude for Toner’s years of service and wished him well in his future endeavors. As Nebraska looks ahead to its technology future, finding a qualified successor will be crucial in building upon the progress made under Toner’s leadership.

The retirement of Ed Toner marks both an end and a new beginning for Nebraska’s IT sector, as the state seeks to leverage technology for continued innovation and efficiency in serving its citizens.

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