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February 13, 2020 9:45 AM, EST

Eric Boyette Appointed Chief of North Carolina DOT

North Carolina Gov. Roy CooperNorth Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper by Cliff Owen/Associated Press

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Eric Boyette will serve as the next secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Gov. Roy Cooper announced.

Boyette will succeed Jim Trogdon, who announced in late January that he was leaving NCDOT to pursue private sector work.

Currently, Boyette serves as secretary and chief information officer for the North Carolina Department of Information Technology. Tracy Doaks, chief services officer for the Department of Information Technology, will take Boyette’s place.

Eric Boyette, next secretary of NCDOT

Boyette

The changes will take effect when Trogdon retires at the end of February.

“Eric Boyette and Tracy Doaks have served our state with distinction throughout their careers, and I am pleased that they will continue working on behalf of all North Carolinians,” Cooper said in the Feb. 4 announcement. “I thank Secretary Trogdon for his service to North Carolina and the Department of Transportation.”

Boyette has been secretary of the Department of Information Technology since 2017. Before his role with the IT agency, Boyette served as chief information officer for NCDOT and commissioner of the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Boyette also serves as president of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. Additionally, he is the chairman of the North Carolina 911 Board, which helps manage the statewide emergency call system. The board, housed within the Department of Information Technology, monitors the revenues that are generated by the service charges accumulated through 911 call connections.

Tracy Doaks, next secretary and CIO for the NC Department of IT

Doaks

Doaks has held her position within the Department of Information Technology since November 2015. She previously worked for the Duke University Health System as the senior director of service delivery. She also served as chief information officer for the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Doaks serves on the board of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research and on the strategic advisory board for North Carolina State University’s Computer Science department.

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