J.R. Sloan joined the State of Arizona in 2013 after working in the technology industry for over 20 years in operational and executive-level roles in both private and public organizations. As Interim CIO, J.R. oversees technology innovation development and IT policies. He also serves as Chairman for the State of Arizona Information Technology Authorization Committee (ITAC) which approves and monitors high-cost technology projects statewide.
Focused on digital transformation for the state, J.R. spearheads projects that make a significant difference for Arizona. He executed on a multi-vendor contract arrangement for web applications and online services that resulted in $1M in annual savings; cutting down processing time from 30 days to 2 days. J.R. also led the efforts of standardizing development and security for over 130 state agency websites, increased the number of online services available to Arizonans by 250% in a two year period as well as formalized policies and governance for key initiatives such as cloud-first and data management. Over the next year, J.R. is accelerating innovation for Arizona by overseeing the roll out of an app for government services, executing machine learning tactics to increase efficiencies statewide and piloting blockchain technology.
During his off hours, J.R. enjoys spending time with his five children and first grandchild as well as hiking, sampling Arizona’s local restaurants and participating in ministries and leadership at his church.