Gov. Rick Snyder announces departure of DTMB Director and State Chief Information Officer David Behen
Behen pursuing opportunity in private sector after 6 years with State of Michigan
Friday, June 2, 2017
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder announced today that DTMB Director and State Chief Information Officer David Behen will be stepping down on June 16 to pursue an opportunity with a global company headquartered in Michigan.
“David has been a champion for the residents of Michigan and how they interact digitally with their government,” Gov. Snyder said. “His passion for customer service and technology has changed the way government services are delivered to be more effective, efficient, and accountable. David has been a great leader, innovator and public servant for Michiganders and I wish him well in his new endeavor.”
Behen began at DTMB as state CIO in February 2011, a cabinet-level position, and added department director to his title in March 2014. During his tenure, Michigan has become a national leader in cybersecurity, earning numerous awards and recognitions. His passion for customer service has fundamentally changed the culture at DTMB and has led to breakthroughs in government efficiency.
“Public service is one of the most fulfilling things you can do in life and I’m grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to make a difference for this great state,” said Behen. “Through the great leadership of Governor Snyder, and working alongside my fellow public servants at DTMB and throughout state government, we were able to accomplish some amazing feats that have improved the lives of Michiganders. I know that more great things are in store and I’m proud of the role that I’ve been able play.”
Current Chief Deputy Director Brom Stibitz will serve as the interim director until a permanent replacement is named.
DTMB provides financial, administrative and technology services and information to Michigan’s state agencies, residents, businesses, local governments and universities. With about 3,000 employees, DTMB is responsible for 41 managed facilities, 5.4 million square feet of leased space, 1,525 information technology applications, almost 55,000 desktop, laptop and tablet computers, as well as five retirement systems that serve one in nine Michigan households. DTMB also is responsible for state government’s procurement portfolio of about 900 contracts worth billions of dollars.