Michael Hussey was appointed chief information officer (CIO) for the Department of Technology Services in October 2015. He has been with the department since 2006.
Hussey started his IT career while attending the University of Utah working in the Marriott Library as a help desk assistant providing support to patrons of the computer lab. As computer technologies advanced, so did the opportunities within the library. He created the largest CD-ROM database network in the nation, which was crucial to the university's research purposes.
Hussey was hired in the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget working as an integral member of the IT team serving the technology needs of Governor Leavitt. While in the office, he managed the network servers, email servers, routers, and switches and provided desktop support services. Hussey was part of the team that designed, developed, and implemented a critical software application and statewide database for the Lt. Governor's Office upon congressional mandate. Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), which required states to have a centralized voter database.
As CIO for the State of Utah, Hussey oversees Utah's Automated Geographic Reference Center, which provides GIS services to state, federal government, local political subdivisions, and the public. He works with stakeholders, including agencies, state legislators, and other partners, to coordinate funding for important GIS initiatives. Through this partnership, Utah now provides a new model for delivering high-resolution aerial photos. Currently, over 350 state agencies, local government agencies, and private sector companies use the statewide 6-inch pixel aerial photography to create and manage map data.
Hussey attended Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. He completed numerous technology courses and received certificates in network administration during his time in the IT industry.
Hussey was born in West Covina, California, and moved to Utah with his family at the age of 15. He and his wife, Cammie, are the parents of five children: McKay, Sara, Brooke, Parker, and Annaliese. Hussey has a passion for learning and enjoys staying current on emerging technologies. He also enjoys playing county rec. slow-pitch softball and is a loyal University of Utah sports fan.