WaTech’s Acting Director Announces Retirement after 33 Years of State Service

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Rob St. John, acting director of Washington Technology Solutions and the state’s acting Chief Information Officer (CIO), announced he will retire next month after 33 years of state service.

“Rob has done a great job leading WaTech these past several months, and I congratulate him on his much-deserved retirement,” Governor Jay Inslee said. “He’s helped our state and our agencies navigate many important changes and innovations, and I thank him for his 33 years of public service.”

St. John has spent the last 30 or so years managing some aspect of information technology. His first two decades were at DSHS, first working directly with clients and later becoming a systems administrator, supporting the state’s welfare reform effort by leading the development of the state’s WorkFirst case management and child care eligibility systems. In 2007, he was named the Chief Information Officer at DSHS, where he served until joining the Office of Financial Management as deputy state CIO.

Rob St. John

In April 2012, St. John was named the director of Consolidated Technology Services. He then served as director of the Office of the Chief Information Officer, overseeing the state’s major investments in information technology, before taking the helm of WaTech as acting director in October.

“This agency employs some of the brightest and hardest working staff in state government, and because of that I’ve always had confidence that our systems and services are dependable, secure and ready to meet the needs of our users,” St. John said.

 St. John’s last day will be June 30. A nationwide search for a permanent director was already under way. 


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