Oveson Named State Chief Information Officer

Oveson Named State Chief Information Officer

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Val Oveson, a former two-term lieutenant governor, was appointed by Utah Governor Mike Leavitt to be the state's new chief information officer.

Subject to approval by the state Senate, Oveson's appointment today follows the resignation of CIO Phil Windley, who stepped down on December 31.

A legislative audit concluded there had been instances of favoritism surrounding nine of Windley's former colleagues.

Oveson, who was appointed to be the national taxpayer advocate in 1998 and make that agency more user-friendly, will now lead 800 information technology employees.

He served as Governor Norm Bangerter's lieutenant governor from 1985 to 1993, chairman of the Utah State Tax Commission from 1993 to 1998 and state auditor from 1981 to 1985.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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