Interim no more: Ressler named North Dakota CIO


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Mike Ressler was officially named North Dakota’s chief information officer Thursday after serving in the position on an interim basis since June.

Ressler, who has worked in North Dakota’s Information Technology Department since 1984, replaces Lisa Feldner who accepted a position with the North Dakota University System.

“Mike has done an excellent job as deputy chief information officer, and most recently as interim chief, and will successfully bring his decades of experience and technical expertise to the chief information officer position,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple said. “His vision and leadership abilities will serve him well as he continues the department’s mission of providing quality services and support, and works to advance the state’s information technology capabilities to the next level.”

Ressler has served as deputy chief information officer and director of operations since 1997.

Prior to joining ITD, he served as an accountant for Clairmont Enterprises and Eide Helmeke & Company.

“I would like to thank Governor Dalrymple for his confidence in appointing me as the state chief information officer and for the opportunity to serve on his cabinet,” Ressler said. “I am proud and excited to work with the Information Technology Department staff that is committed to assisting state agencies with the delivery of quality services to the citizens of North Dakota.”

Ressler received an Associate of Arts degree from Bismarck State College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Mary. He is both a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Computing Professional. He is a member of the North Dakota State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Certified Computing Professionals.

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