David B. Behen
As the state's chief information officer, David B. Behen plays a critical role in leading development of information technology resources to meet the growing needs of Michigan's citizens.
"Today's technology provides us with tools to reinvent government," Behen said. "The growth of online resources provides our citizens and businesses with the 24/7 service they have come to expect."
In his role as CIO, Behen holds a seat on Governor Rick Snyder's Cabinet, advising the governor on technology investments and implementing innovative IT programs to enhance and expand customer service. As an executive in the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, he leads efforts to provide the full range of information technology and communications services to Michigan's citizens and businesses as well as 17 state agencies with 47,000 state employees. Michigan offers a full range of technology resources - from traditional desktop computers used by the state's workers to a law enforcement communications network that criss-crosses both peninsulas to mobile applications that allow tourists to reserve campground spots or purchase fishing licenses. Behen is leading a multiyear IT assessment and alignment process that will shape DTMB's path to the future. This process will develop Michigan's portfolio of high-impact, innovative, market-competitive IT services that focus on customer service and citizen engagement.
Under Behen’s leadership, DTMB was a recipient of the 2013 CIO 100 Award from CIO magazine. In 2013, Behen received the Merit Network Award for innovation in networking and information technology, and Government Technology magazine named Behen and the Governor to its top-25 list of IT doers, dreamers and drivers. In 2012, Behen was chosen as the first winner of Crain's Detroit Business CIO Awards in the government category. He holds a number of board positions in professional and technology organizations. He chairs the governing body for the Detroit CIO Executive Summit and co-chairs the NASCIO State and Local Collaboration Committee. His commitment to public service extends beyond his job. He served on the board of directors for United Way of Washtenaw County and is a board member and mentor for the We Build Character workforce mentoring organization.
Before joining the State of Michigan in 2013, Behen worked as CIO and deputy administrator of Washtenaw County. He also cofounded a software company and served as a vice president and CIO of its parent corporation.
Behen earned a bachelor of science degree and a master of science in public administration degree from Eastern Michigan University. He and his wife, Rosalie, have three children.