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MNIT Chief Information Officer

Also known as:
MNIT Commissioner
Minnesota IT Services Commissioner
Active dates:August 15, 2005 -

Provides leadership for state government's information and telecommunications technology resources and policies. Serves as principal technology advisor to the Governor. The office manages strategic investments in information and telecommunications technology systems and services to encourage the development of a technically literate society, to ensure sufficient access to and efficient delivery of government services, and to maximize benefits for the state government as an enterprise.


The Office of Enterprise Technology (OET) was formed July 1, 2005 in response to recommendations by the Minnesota Drive to Excellence, a 2005 report on reforming government services and processes. The statute combines two former units of the Department of Administration - the Minnesota Office of Technology and the InterTechnologies Group - into a cabinet-level agency led by the State Chief Information Officer (CIO).

"Citizens demand and deserve more and better service from their government," Governor Pawlenty said. "By creating this Commissioner level Cabinet position and with Gopal's exceptional leadership, we are now ready to take next steps to more strategically employ technology across all of state government and live up to our citizen commitment."

Gopal Khanna was appointed Minnesota's first State CIO by Governor Tim Pawlenty on August 15, 2005 and unanimously confirmed by the State Senate on March 20, 2006.

Carolyn Parnell was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton on February 1, 2011.

In April 2012 the Office of Enterprise Technology announced a name change to MN.IT Services. Their press release states: "A new name acknowledges the change that is happening everywhere, and begins to build the brand and mindset among staff and customers that all of the State's IT services are MN.IT Services. The new name provides additional clarity on roles and relationships among MN.IT offices and staff, and helps to describe the organization in a clear and consistent way."

In 2013, Governor Mark Dayton also bestowed the title of "Commissioner" on the MN.IT Chief Information Officer so that the members of his cabinet would all have the same title. 2013 Minn. Laws Chap. 134 Sec. 21 contained the addition of "Commissioner" to the title of Chief Information Officer.

Tom Baden was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton on January 14, 2015. On December 28, 2017, Commissioner Baden announced he would retire from state service on February 2, 2018. At the end of January, Governor Dayton announced he would appoint Brigadier General Johanna Clyborne to serve as the next Minnesota IT Services Commissioner.

When Governor Tim Walz took office in January 2019, he appointed Bill Pioier as acting commissioner until a permanent commissioner was appointed. On April 16, 2019, he announced Tarek Tomes as the incoming commissioner.

Advisory to:
Governor of Minnesota
Agency heads:

Gopal Khanna (2005-2010)
Carolyn Parnell (2011-2014)
Tom Baden (2015-February 2, 2018)
Johanna Clyborne (February 2, 2018-January 7, 2019)
Bill Poirier (acting commissioner; January 2019-April 2019)
Tarek Tomes (April 2019- )


See the Office of Enterprise Technology record for information on Chief Information Officers during the time of OET.

News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 2005-2018.
Record last updated: 02/14/2024

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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