When Arkansas’ Department of Information Services (DIS) Director Mark Myers resigned in November 2016, Deputy Director Yessica Jones was quickly tapped to fill in as the agency’s interim leader.
After nearly five months heading up DIS operations, Jones was formally appointed to the directorship March 17.
In a press release Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he was confident in Jones’ leadership skills and ability to meet the demands of the “rapidly evolving technology industry.”
“Yessica’s leadership and knowledge of the technology sector has made her a tremendous asset to DIS over the last year, and I look forward to working with her as we continue to improve our state’s digital services,” he said.
Prior to joining DIS in January 2016, Jones was an assistant professor with Harding University’s Department of Management Information Systems. She also served as Hutchinson’s outreach liaison to the Hispanic community.
Jones said she was honored to be selected for the role and that she was excited about the future of the agency. “Each day, I am grateful to work with such a hard-working, dedicated staff of employees," she said in the release. "Their support has helped guide my success throughout the months I have served as acting director. I have pledged to work side-by-side with employees in fulfilling the commitments we make to our customers with attention to quality and service."