John Quinn, the state of Vermont’s chief information officer (CIO) and secretary of the Vermont Agency of Digital Services (ADS), will be leaving his post later this month to work in the private sector, Gov. Phil Scott announced.

Quinn was appointed to serve as the CIO in 2017 and was then later appointed that same year to lead the new ADS agency.

“Secretary Quinn has done a great job leading this new agency, working to better coordinate efforts across state government, break down silos, make government more efficient, and deliver better customer service,” said Governor Scott. “I wish John the best in his next chapter and thank him for his commitment and service to Vermont.”

As the secretary of ADS, Quinn was in charge of “working to integrate IT and digital assets across state agencies, and make state government more efficient,” according to the press release.

“I want to thank Governor Scott for the opportunity to serve Vermont as the State CIO and secretary of digital services. It’s been an honor to lead such a talented group of IT professionals,” said Quinn. “I’m extremely proud of the major improvements to our cybersecurity posture and partnerships we’ve created to protect Vermonters’ data.”

Quinn was also instrumental in the implementation of many government programs that helped the state throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Application (PUA), which was built in less than two weeks.

Deputy Secretary Shawn Nailor will take charge of the ADS agency until a new successor is named to replace Quinn.

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