Maryland IT Secretary Guides State Toward Efficiency, Interoperability


On April 10, the state of Maryland removed the “interim” classification from the job title of Secretary of Information Technology Michael Leahy, indicating the executive had reached permanent status after just over a year on the job. Leahy became senior advisor to Gov. Larry Hogan on “practical governance and policy matters,” and director of the state’s real property strategies in June 2016, according to his LinkedIn profile. He became the interim secretary of IT in March 2017 after then-Secretary David Garcia stepped down to spend more time with his family. But his career, he told Government Technology via email, has encompassed a variety of private-sector experience that includes public service at federal and local levels ranging from attorney for the Federal Trade Commission; director of the Maryland Medical Biotechnical Institute; and city attorney of Annapolis, Md. He described himself as “the beneficiary of careers in diverse fields,” and offered a road map to his avenue of achievement. “Specifically, success is accomplished by finding ways to listen to and understand the people one is working with, establishing common underlying hypotheses and establishing authorities and responsibilities regimes,” Leahy said. He added that “formulating mutual strategic and tactical goals and having a willingness…

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