Mike Ressler was appointed as the chief information officer (CIO) of the state's Information Technology Department (ITD) by Governor Jack Dalrymple on October 10, 2013. Mike has been serving as interim CIO since May 2013. As CIO, Mike oversees technology activities in state government and education and ensures that ITD meets the legislative responsibilities defined within ND Century Code (Chapter 54-59).

Mike is a member of the Governor's cabinet and provides advice to the governor on technology issues.

Mr. Ressler received a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in accounting and business administration from the University of Mary in 1983. In 1992, he received a third major in computer information systems. In 2002, Mike attended Harvard University and received a certificate in Driving Government Performance from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Ressler started working for ITD in September of 1984 and since 1997 he has been serving as the Deputy Chief and Director of ITD. Before coming to ITD, Mike worked for a regional CPA firm in Bismarck.

Mike and his wife Kathy have three sons and enjoy walking, golfing, bowling and spending time as a family.