Tony McGaughey

McGaughey is currently the interim CIO and CTO for Georgia's Department of Public Health.

State Leadership of the Year

Public health agencies got leaned on hard in 2020, and they braced with technology. Tony McGaughey, CIO at Georgia’s Department of Public Health, faced unrelenting IT demands. He stood firm, relying on deep-rooted supply lines and vendor partners to anchor innovative solutions. Leveraging channels in the state’s IT shared services program, he outfitted more than 2,000 new contact tracers with laptops, in the midst of short supply. McGaughey helped mobilize an online system to facilitate COVID-19 testing (scheduling and results reporting) and then enhanced it with Spanish language capability. He also facilitated quick server additions when computing demand exploded.

Jake Williams

Written by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop and EdScoop. He's spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins and outs of state and local government, as well as higher education. He started his journalism career in his native Pennsylvania and has also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.

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