Secretary for Administration & Finance, Jay Gonzalez announced the appointment of John Letchford as the Commonwealth's Chief Information Officer (CCIO). For those of you who have already had the pleasure of working with John, you have experienced John's commitment to improving the Commonwealth's information technology system so that we can serve citizens in a more efficient and cost effective manner.

In his new post, John will lead the Patrick-Murray Administration's IT priorities as we move forward with the consolidation effort outlined by Executive Order 532. This effort will enable the Commonwealth to spend and invest in IT with better alignment to business priorities, and our information will be more secure. The consolidation will enable key reinvestments to create a stronger IT workforce and infrastructure.

In addition, ITD will continue to build resiliency in our IT infrastructure at the new data center under construction in Springfield, and to take steps towards e-Government with increased transparency, open data, and civic engagement through improved information delivery, social media and mobility platforms.

John has worked for the Commonwealth in a number of IT Management roles; including, the Technical Operations Manager for the Virtual Gateway, an internet portal developed by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to provide the public, medical providers, community-based organizations and Commonwealth staff with online access to health and human services.

John chairs the CIO Cabinet that advises on the strategic direction and priorities for information technology across the Executive Department, and the ITD Executive Committee, that oversees the priorities for the Information Technology Division.

In February 2008, John became ITD's Deputy Chief Information Officer and in August 2010 became Acting Chief Information Officer. John received his Master of Science in Information Technology at the University of York, England. He lives with his family in Wakefield.