ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has named Tarek Tomes to fill his last open cabinet position, commissioner of the state’s information technology department.
Walz and Tomes acknowledged at a news conference Tuesday the challenges that Tomes will face as head of Minnesota IT Services, also known as MNIT (MINN’-it).
Those challenges start with the state’s troubled vehicle registration system MNLARS. A scathing legislative auditor’s report in February said the more than $100 million and nine years devoted to developing the system should have been sufficient to complete the project.
Tomes, who has worked in both the private and public sector, was most recently chief innovation officer for the City of St. Paul. He says he’ll wait for a report expected soon from a blue-ribbon panel before deciding on how to address MNLARS.