Tom Baden named new commissioner of MN.IT

Tom Baden, a 32-year veteran of information technology in the state system, has been named Commissioner of MN.IT, which makes him the state’s Chief Information Officer.

Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Baden to replace Carolyn Parnell, who left the job earlier this month. She’d been in charge since 2011 and led the state’s IT consolidation project, which is credited with saving the state $28 million.

Baden previously has been Chief Information Officer for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Chief Architect for the Minnesota Office of Enterprise Technology (now MN.IT Services), and Enterprise Architect for the Department of Employment and Economic Development and the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

In announcing the appointment, Dayton said Baden will lead the agency in its core mission: “to better connect Minnesotans with each other and with their government.”

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