Posted: Oct 3, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (Oct. 3, 2018) – North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today announced Dorman Bazzell as Chief Data Officer (CDO), the third of three new leadership positions in the Information Technology Department (ITD) responsible for helping reinvent government through technology and enhanced user experience for citizens and stakeholders. 

Bazzell brings more than 30 years of industry and consulting expertise in data analytics and business intelligence, with extensive experience integrating technology solutions to support product demand and customer growth in a variety of industries. His prior experience includes serving as the emerging technologies and advanced analytics practice leader with Capgemini, CIO of Coin Acceptors, vice president and Americas practice lead for insights and analytics at Hitachi Consulting, and most recently as a solution principal for Slalom Consulting. In his new role, which is the first such position in North Dakota, Bazzell will be responsible for overseeing the enterprise information management program as well as software development.

“Transforming how we serve citizens begins with how we leverage data and technology,” Riley said. “Our goal is to lead the nation in innovation and a citizen-centric approach to government. Dorman brings phenomenal technical, business and leadership acumen and will be a fantastic addition to Team ND as we work across state government to Empower People, Improve Lives and Inspire Success.”

“In a digital age our ability to translate data into knowledge, insights and ultimately action offers tremendous opportunity,” said Bazzell. “I’m excited for this once-in-a-lifetime role working with Team ND to pursue a 360-degree view of citizens that will enhance our ability to deliver services more effectively and efficiently.”

Gov. Doug Burgum has implemented several initiatives aimed at utilizing data for more effective and transparent governance, including the Main Street Community Dashboard, which recently won a national Government Experience Award.

Bazzell will assume the role effective Oct. 15. The chief data officer, along with the recently announced chief reinvention and chief technology officer positions, will be integral to implementing strategic priorities for the state, including reinventing government and harnessing technology to serve citizens. All three positions were created using existing unfilled FTE positions.