Published on June 24, 2024, 6:11 pm

Craig Orgeron, who retired from public service in 2020, is set to step back into his role as Mississippi’s chief information officer next month. With over two decades of experience at the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services and a decade as the state’s top technology official, Orgeron is ready to resume his duties on July 1.

In a recent statement, Orgeron expressed his enthusiasm for the appointment, highlighting his dedication to driving innovation and promoting collaboration across government levels and the private sector. His vision is to establish a dynamic IT environment that not only supports the state’s advancement and prosperity but also ensures exceptional service delivery to its citizens.

David Johnson, who temporarily filled Orgeron’s position after his retirement in 2020, will now switch roles with him. Johnson, recognized for advancing cloud computing migration and leading the state through challenging times such as the COVID-19 crisis, announced his retirement earlier this year.

Beyond his governmental contributions, Orgeron also dedicated time to academia by teaching at Millsaps College’s Else School of Management in Jackson. During his tenure there, he played a pivotal role in developing a curriculum tailored for data science students.

As a former president of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, Orgeron boasts a reputation for exemplary leadership within state IT circles nationwide. His initiatives aimed at enhancing Mississippi’s digital services, promoting data-driven governance, and bolstering cybersecurity measures have been widely acknowledged.

Reflecting on his retirement decision back in 2020, Orgeron acknowledged the emotional aspect of leaving behind colleagues he considered friends over the years. However, he emphasized the inevitability of such transitions and recognized that determining the right moment to step down is indeed challenging.

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