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Feb 8, 2013 2:01 PM by AP

Jindal administration hires new technology chief

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana is getting a new state technology chief.

Chief Information Officer Ed Driesse is retiring in April. Gov. Bobby Jindal's commissioner of administration, Kristy Nichols, announced Friday that Louisiana's former social services secretary will return to the state to take over the vacant job.

Ruth Johnson will lead the Division of Administration's Office of Information Technology, which oversees technology and computer hardware and software decisions across state government.

When she was social services secretary, Johnson helped lead the department's reorganization and technology upgrade. She left the job in June after two years as secretary, to take a job in South Carolina's health department.

Johnson will be paid $150,000, less than the $167,000 Driesse earned in the job, according to the Division of Administration. She'll begin the job March 11.

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