Claire Bailey no longer director of state Department of Information Systems | Arkansas Blog

Claire Bailey no longer director of state Department of Information Systems


DEVELOPING: Claire Bailey is no longer director of the Arkansas Department of Information Systems, the state's chief technology officer. She'd worked for the state since 1991. 

Herschel Cleveland is the acting director. I learned this from an e-mail circulating about a coming state technology conference. When I called the department to inquire, I was informed Bailey was no longer at the agency and I'm awaiting a return call.

The governor's office tells me:

Bailey has stepped down, citing health reasons. She informed the governor yesterday. Janet Wilson at DIS has a statement she can send if you give her a shout.

UPDATE: DIS released this statement:

Claire Bailey submitted her resignation as director of the Arkansas Department of Information Systems (DIS) effective October 27, 2014.

Deputy Director Herschel Cleveland has been designated to serve as acting director of DIS. As a member of the agency’s executive leadership team, Herschel has been consistently engaged and informed about the status of new and existing customer projects. He and all executive leaders at DIS are committed to upholding the DIS vision of customer satisfaction every time, to delivering a seamless transition, and to retaining the confidence and trust of DIS customers that there will be no impact upon any of the work being carried out by DIS for its customers.

DIS expresses its appreciation to Claire for her years of service and wishes her well. While her contributions to DIS will be missed, the agency will use this time of transition to strengthen partnerships with its existing customers, to open new doors of opportunity, and to continue the important work of delivering public services to the citizens of Arkansas.

DIS is a cabinet level agency of Arkansas state government that provides approximately $89 million in information technology services to more than 440 customers within Arkansas’s public sector.

DIS customers include state agencies, board and commissions, K-12 public schools, administrative departments of higher education, as well as cities, counties, and members of the public safety community.

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