Last week, Gov. Bob McDonnell appointed Chesterfield Del. Sam Nixon to serve as chief information officer of the Virginia Information Technology Agency, according to a press release from the governor’s office. With General Assembly passage of McDonnell’s legislation to increase transparency and accountability in the agency, the chief information officer will now report directly to the governor, through the Secretary of Technology, for the first time.
Nixon currently represents the 27th House of Delegates district in Chesterfield County, the release says. He will step down from that office. A special election will be held to fill the vacancy, as well as the other legislative vacancy created by the recent appointment of Harrisonburg Del. Matt Lohr as commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
A date for the elections will be set in the weeks ahead, the release says.
“Sam is a thought leader on information technology issues, both as a legislator and as a senior consultant at Richmond-based IT consulting firm CapTech Ventures,” McDonnell says in the release. “Sam’s experience in this fast-changing industry will be of tremendous benefit at VITA. I know he will do a great job for the citizens of Virginia.”
“I’m honored that Gov. McDonnell has appointed me to serve as Virginia’s chief information officer,” Nixon says in the release. “I have a great passion for public service and technology, and share the governor’s goal of improving IT management in Virginia.”