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DIS Deputy Director Announces Retirement

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Herschel Cleveland, deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Information Systems (DIS), submitted a notice of his retirement and resignation from the agency Friday, May 29. Cleveland’s retirement will be effective Wednesday, July 1.

“I deeply appreciate the opportunities I have had to serve DIS and the state,” said Cleveland. “It was a pleasure to serve under two administrations and a privilege to work with a dedicated group of professionals. DIS is doing great things in support of critical state services provided to Arkansans. I wish the leadership and employees at DIS continued success as I retire.”

Cleveland began working at DIS in 2007 as an enterprise program manager and was appointed as deputy director in 2008. He served as the DIS interim director from October 2014 to January 2015 when Mark Myers was appointed as agency director by Governor Asa Hutchinson.

“Herschel’s reputation as a leader and public servant is among the best in our state,” said Mark Myers DIS director. “He was committed to his service at DIS, and I appreciate his partnership in leading the agency and his mentorship to me. I wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Cleveland is a former Arkansas state representative and speaker of the house, as well as an attorney, city attorney, juvenile judge, municipal judge and deputy prosecuting attorney. He served as a member of the governing board of the National Conference of State Legislators, an executive committee member of the Southern Legislative Conference, and a broadband application reviewer for the Department of Commerce. Cleveland is a past recipient of the Public Health through Public Policy Award by the Arkansas College of Public Health and received a National Research to Public Policy Award from San Diego State University.

DIS is the information technology solutions provider for the state of Arkansas. DIS provides services including telephony, secure data networking and hosting, information security, email, desktop support, technical consulting and more to the public entities that serve citizens. For more information regarding DIS and products and services please click on dis.arkansas.gov. 

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