Alaska’s new chief information officer is Peter Zuyus, according to the state’s website and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.
Zuyus replaces Bill Vajda, the first Alaska CIO to oversee a centralized IT structure, who resigned in August, as well as subsequent acting CIO John Boucher. Vajda took the role in 2017, when then-Gov. Bill Walker consolidated the state’s technology and telecommunications assets into a single agency due to inefficiencies.
Alaska’s Deputy CIO Dan DeBartolo told Government Technology in September 2018 that the state would conduct a national search for its next CIO.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Zuyus attended Saint Mary’s College of California in the 1970s and owns Juggernaut Consulting, a business and political consulting firm registered to a residential address in Homer, Alaska. He also owned Juggernaut Enterprises, a charter boat company registered to the same home address and dissolved in 2016, according to documents filed with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development.
Zuyus and officials at the state of Alaska have yet to comment on his hire. Their silence, coupled with the fact that Gov. Michael Dunleavy made no mention of technology in his State of the State address in January while voicing concerns about wasteful spending, leaves the direction of Alaska’s government IT unclear.