SALT LAKE CITY — Mark VanOrden, who took over as the interim head of the state's Department of Technology Services earlier this year in the wake of a massive data breach, has been named to the post permanently.

In announcing the appointment Monday, Gov. Gary Herbert said VanOrden stepped in to run the department during a difficult time "with great effectiveness."

"I trust he will continue to lead our state to a new level in transparency and government access," Herbert said.

VanOrden was selected as interim director in May, after the department's former executive director, Stephen Fletcher, was terminated over a data breach that compromised the personal medical information of nearly 800,000 Utahns.

Before being tapped to head the department, VanOrden had been the IT director for the Department of Workforce Services since 2006. He started working as a programmer for the state in 1982 for what was then the employment services department.

The appointment now goes to the state Senate for confirmation.

Lisa Riley Roche

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