Published on April 5, 2024, 5:15 pm

The 2024 StateScoop 50 Awards voting is officially open, inviting participants to recognize outstanding contributions in the field. Recently, Wyoming’s interim chief information officer, Timothy “TR” Sheehan, has stepped down from his position, leading Governor Mark Gordon to appoint Aaron Roberts as his replacement.

Sheehan’s tenure as interim CIO dates back to January 2023 when he assumed the role for the second time. His initial term spanned nine months from May 2021 to January 2022 after the previous CIO, Bill Vajda, made a discreet exit. This transition followed the departure of Gordon Knopp and state health director Mike Ceballos in 2021 due to a data breach incident during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to Sheehan’s resignation, Governor Gordon selected Aaron Roberts, the Chief Information Security Officer with the state’s Enterprise Technology Services since 2021, as the new interim CIO effective Monday. During his time as interim CIO, Sheehan oversaw strategic IT initiatives aligning with Wyoming’s goals and collaborated with agency directors to enhance business operations.

Before assuming his role as Wyoming’s interim CIO, Sheehan functioned as an information services administrator and was instrumental in establishing the state’s cloud architecture. He actively participated in various initiatives including the Cyber Assistance Response Effort team and advised multiple boards.

Reflecting on his experience, Sheehan expressed gratitude for collaborating with dedicated professionals in public service. Despite not responding to requests for comments before publication, his legacy underscores a period of significant achievements within Wyoming’s technology landscape.

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