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Governor appoints Terrence Woods state CIO

Woods has been the interim CIO since April and will oversee the state's technology systems.

Terrence WoodsEight months after the departure of state Chief Information Officer Alex Pettit, Gov. Kate Brown has named Terrence Woods as his permanent replacement.

Woods has been the interim CIO since then and will oversee the state's technology systems.

"Terrence's service over the past eight months as Interim State Chief Information Officer has brought a focus on my goal to streamline state government and modernize our systems to better serve Oregonians," Brown said. "I look forward to Terrence's continued leadership in providing reliable, resilient, and secure information technology systems and services."

It's not quite clear why Pettit, who was hired by then-Gov. John Kitzhaber to clean up the Cover Oregon debacle, left.

Brown's office said in April that Pettit and the governor "mutually agreed" that the time was right for his resignation and for a new CIO "to be put in place to build on (Pettit's) work and move the Governor's vision for IT governance forward."

Before the effective date of Pettit's resignation, news emerged in May that he would join the Secretary of State's Office to shore up the state's elections infrastructure.

Brown released a plan in September to streamline the state's IT programs, which vary from agency to agency and have more than 1,300 employees.