After years of service to Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey's Office of Information Technology (OIT) Secretary Marty Redden is retiring, and Ivey's office announced his replacement on Friday. Ivey appointed Secretary Mark Redden in July 2019.

"For the last 16 years, Secretary Redden has played an integral role in implementing technology advancements and protecting the systems state government relies on to serve our people," said Ivey. "During his time in the Ivey Administration, he has been someone I can always rely on to get the job done. I appreciate his service to our great state and wish him nothing but the best in his well-earned retirement."

The OIT's deputy secretary, Daniel Urquhart, will take on the position of secretary on July 1.

"I am deeply honored that Governor Ivey has offered me the opportunity to serve on her cabinet and lead the Office of Information Technology," said Urquhart." Secretary Redden has done a tremendous job with the agency during his tenure, and I plan to build on the success and vision of his leadership. OIT is anchored by a highly-skilled, technical workforce, and I am humbled to work with such dedicated people who provide services to state agencies, commissions, boards and the citizens of Alabama."

Ivey said Urquhart brings high-level experience. As deputy secretary, he managed the state network and telephone systems and cybersecurity operations and was responsible for "the email environment used by Executive Branch agencies, boards and commissions," Ivey's office added.

"He has big shoes to fill, but I have no doubt that he will hit the ground running and be an excellent addition to Team Ivey," said Ivey.

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