Lee Allen is the Executive Branch Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO) for the State of Kansas. He was appointed to the position in July 2018 by Governor Jeff Colyer. Allen oversees a staff of more than 700 IT professionals that are charged with the delivery of IT services for 13 Cabinet agencies and all other small agencies, boards and commissions within the Executive Branch of Kansas. Allen is the leader of the Information Technology Advisory Board (ITAB) and the chairman for the Information Technology Executive Council (ITEC) for the State of Kansas.
Prior to serving as the state’s CITO, Allen fulfilled the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Kansas’ Human Services Agencies, Department for Children and Families and Department for Aging and Disability Services, from 2010 to 2018. The Human Services team provides IT services to more than 4,800 users in 42 locations throughout the state, including four State Hospitals. Before coming to Kansas, Lee worked his way up through the ranks at Payless Shoe Source within the Corporate Office and Distribution Facility in Topeka, KS. During his ten years with Payless, he worked in remote store support, desktop support, computer operations, data center management, and IT service management functions. Prior to that, he worked for Steel and Pipe Supply in Manhattan, KS. Lee is a Veteran of the US Army serving honorably from 1989-1993 as a Single Channel Radio Operator. He holds a BAS in Technology Administration from Washburn University and an MBA from Baker University. Lee and his wife Sandy have lived in Topeka since 1994 raising three children; Ssgt. Dylan Allen, US Air Force, 2LT. Jacob Allen, US Army National Guard, and Morgan Allen, 4th year Architecture Design at Kansas State University.