Chief Technology Officer 
Alex Pettit
Alex Pettit

Dr. Alex Pettit joined OIT in January 2020. As the Chief Technology Officer
, Alex will keep all systems operating, information flowing, applications advancing, and technology transforming. He will guide further enhancements of a world-class IT infrastructure, the use of cloud services, and the applications of blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and other modern technologies.   

Before joining the State of Colorado, Alex served as the Chief Information Officer for the states of Oregon and Oklahoma, and most recently served as the Chief Architect for the Oregon Secretary of State. As State CIO, Dr. Pettit was responsible for all information and telecommunication systems for all state agencies for both Oklahoma and Oregon. In March of 2014, Dr. Pettit was appointed interim CIO for Cover Oregon, the agency responsible for the implementation of the Health Insurance Exchange in compliance of the Affordable Care Act. 

Dr. Pettit led the migration of the Oregon elections systems to Amazon Web Services. Dr. Pettit earned his bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin–Parkside and received a Masters of Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago. In 2014, he completed his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Information Sciences from the University of North Texas. Dr. Pettit is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society. 

Dr. Pettit began his public career in 1998 in Denton, Texas as the first Chief Technology Officer for the city. He served in this capacity until October of 2008. He then worked for Marsh McLennan in the areas of business continuity planning strategy and vision, disaster recovery and business resumption planning. He served in that position until 2009 when he became a consultant for Brown University where he served as project manager for planning and coordination of Brown's data center upgrade. 

In 2010, Governor of Oklahoma Brad Henry appointed Dr. Pettit as the State's first Chief Information Officer. As State CIO, Pettit served as a member of the Oklahoma Governor's Cabinet and participated in all state policy discussions and decisions. On January 6, 2011, Governor-elect Mary Fallin announced that she would retain Pettit as State CIO and as a member of her cabinet. Dr. Pettit sponsored the extended planning of the Oklahoma DHS modernization project (MOSAIC) and authored the unification of all IT services in the executive branch. Dr. Pettit left the State of Oklahoma in January, 2014 to assume the position of CIO for the State of Oregon, where he served at the pleasure of the Governor.