Published on June 3, 2024, 9:17 pm

Doug Murdock, the chief information officer of Hawaii for the past four years, has officially retired as Governor Josh Green recently confirmed. Initially appointed in 2019 by former Governor David Ige to replace Todd Nacapuy, Murdock’s retirement came into effect last Thursday. Following his departure, Tom Ku has been named as the acting CIO while a search is underway for a permanent replacement. Ku brings valuable experience from his current role as IT services operations officer at ETS and his prior position as assistant vice president for IT infrastructure networks at First Hawaiian Bank.

During his tenure as CIO, Murdock played a significant role in leading Hawaii’s technology initiatives amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, he introduced a digital health credential system for state residents to demonstrate their vaccination status to establishments mandating proof. Furthermore, he advocated for extensive IT consolidation within various state departments and supported legislative efforts towards technology services consolidation in 2022.

Murdock’s career spans across diverse sectors; prior to his role in Hawai‘i’s government, he held positions such as Ige’s comptroller and secretary of the Department of Accounting and General Services between 2015 and 2016. His background also includes serving as the vice president of administrative and financial affairs at the Hawaii Tourism Authority after a notable military career as a judge advocate general officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Expressing gratitude for his time in service, Murdock acknowledged the support received from both governmental and private sectors in enhancing digital government services within the state. With a total of 25 years in the Air Force, followed by a decade with Hawai‘i’s government and additional professional experiences adding up to fifteen years, Murdock looks forward to embarking on retirement following an extensive and accomplished career journey.

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