James Collins is the Delaware Governor's Cabinet member responsible for leading the Department of Technology & Information (DTI), providing technology services for all State organizations. His achievements as CIO include: expanding broadband high-speed Internet service across Delaware's rural areas of Delaware; implementing FirstMap – a multi-organization, enterprise geospatial information system. He has implemented Executives Orders to create cyber security partnerships (Delaware Cyber Security Advisory Council); an expanded State Open Data/Open Checkbook portal; and IT Centralization and virtualization cloud-based "as-a-Service" solutions to provide more cost efficient and effectively scalable IT solutions.
Mr. Collins has extensive public sector leadership experience, especially with information technology projects. Prior to his appointment to Governor Carney's Cabinet, Collins served as CIO under Governor Jack Markell, after serving as Markell's Deputy Chief of Staff where his duties included being the legislative liaison and policy advisor on information technology. Prior to that, as Deputy Secretary of State, Collins helped to expand the state's e-Government initiatives and use of information technology including the Delaware Prescription Monitoring Program, and Veterans Services Directory. For a portion of his Department of State tenure, he served concurrently as Deputy and as Director of the Division of Professional Regulation.
Earlier work experience includes being a senior consultant with Peregrine Systems, Inc. and MAXIMUS, Inc. where Collins implemented large-scale software projects for major clients such as the Pepsi Bottling Group, the United States Marine Corps, and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority.
Mr. Collins serves on various boards and commissions involving public safety, health care, education opportunities. He chairs the Technology Investment Council of Governor-appointed private sector and government (Executive, Legislative and Judicial branch) members. He also serves as chair of the Governor's Council on Equal Employment Opportunity.
Mr. Collins holds degrees from Wesley College (B.A.) and from Champlain College (M.S. - Managing Innovation and Information Technology). He is a 2012 Council of State Governments' Henry Toll Fellowship alumni. He served eight years in the United States Air Force.