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Zolnowsky, Commissioner of Bureau of Information and Telecommunications, to Retire



          Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard

500 E. Capitol Ave.

Pierre, S.D. 57501






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Friday, March 30, 2018

CONTACT:  Tony Venhuizen or Kelsey Pritchard at 605-773-3212



Zolnowsky, Commissioner of Bureau of Information and Telecommunications, to Retire


PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that David Zolnowsky, Commissioner of the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT), will retire at the end of this month.


“I thank Dave Zolnowsky for his long career in state government,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Dave has been an excellent leader within state government, and an advocate for cybersecurity and for greater efficiency in IT services. I always enjoyed working with Dave and I know his fellow cabinet members appreciated him as well.”


Zolnowsky has served as commissioner since 2012. Prior to that service, he was chief information officer and director of computing services at Dakota State University from 1985 to 2012. Zolnowsky began his career in state government in 1973 and worked for the Department of Transportation, Unified Judicial System, Department of Health and Information Processing Services Center.


“I have thoroughly enjoyed my various roles in state government,” Commissioner Zolnowsky said. “Generally, interesting challenges arrive at a frequency sufficient to stimulate but not so frequent as to overburden. I’ve been blessed to have been supported by staff who are creative, knowledgeable, service oriented, innovative and committed to cost effective public service.” 


The Governor has named Pat Snow, BIT’s chief technology officer and director of telecommunications, to serve as interim commissioner through the end of this year.