Tarek Tomes is the incoming commissioner of Minnesota IT Services (MNIT) and the state’s chief information officer.
Tomes brings both public and private-sector experience to the role, having most recently served as the first chief innovation officer for the City of St. Paul. Tomes will be succeeding Acting Commissioner William Poirier, who withdrew his name from consideration.
“I am thrilled to have Tarek Tomes joining our team as MNIT commissioner,” said Gov. Tim Walz. “Meeting the needs of an increasingly complicated technology era requires innovative and inclusive solutions from responsive leadership. As a recognized industry leader and experienced public servant, Tarek brings over 25 years of experience in managing technology and operations systems and building effective partnerships to provide Minnesota with the systems and solutions we need.”
“Technology has presented the business of government with exciting opportunities and serious challenges,” said Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan. “We were committed to selecting a commissioner who was prepared to take on both opportunities and challenges with a thoughtful and innovative approach. Tarek has demonstrated his ability in transition and change management and the use of technology to improve the lives of Minnesotans across the state.”
“I am tremendously excited to join the Governor and Lieutenant Governor in building One Minnesota,” said Tomes. “The continual evolution of technology innovation opportunities has raised expectations for how government delivers services. Supporting a culture that embraces reliable and secure delivery of digital services that improves the lives of Minnesotans is essential to support the One Minnesota vision. Strengthening relationships and keeping people at the center of solutions will be critical in the work we do.”
Tomes will begin in his new role April 29 and Acting Commissioner Poirier will resume his previous role as chief technology officer until May 10to support a smooth transition.
Before joining the City of St. Paul, Tomes served as assistant commissioner at Minnesota IT Services for six years and British Telecom for 13. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and attended Graduate School for Business Management at Boston University.
Minnesota IT Services is responsible for the design and delivery of IT across all entities in the executive branch of the State of MN.