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Maine’s Chief Information Officer to Retire from State Government

June 10, 2010

AUGUSTA – Governor Baldacci announced today the retirement of Richard Thompson, the State Chief Information Officer.

Thompson is responsible for information technology management in the Executive Branch. He will retire after more than 33 years of public service.

“Dick has been an innovative leader and a trusted resource within the Administration,” Governor Baldacci said. “He is a nationally recognized expert on information technology, and he has been at the forefront of important initiatives including broadband expansion, emergency communications and Maine’s award-winning Web site.”

Greg McNeal, the State’s Chief Technology Officer, will replace Thompson. McNeal has been the State’s Chief Technology Officer since 2005. From 2000-2005, he was the Director of Financial Services for the Maine Department of Transportation. He has also served as the Assistant Director of the Information Systems Division at Maine DOT and as an information technologist for Waterville. McNeal served 24 years in the United States Marine Corps, including more than 20 years in the field of information technology.

Thompson’s last day will be July 31.

During his tenure as CIO, Thompson coordinated the consolidation of technology resources into the Office of Information Technology, served on the ConnectME Authority, and worked with the Administration on key initiatives including expansion of broadband internet services in Maine. Thompson also worked on legislation to allow implementation of a Recovery Act grant for middle-mile fiber optic infrastructure.

One of the key initiatives Thompson has managed is the upgrade of the State agency public safety radio system, a project to bring the system into compliance with FCC regulations in 2012.

Thompson previously served as the Director of the Division of Purchases for more than 12 years.

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