In Michigan
5:43 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Granholm plans to merge tech, management offices

LANSING, MI –

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm wants to consolidate more state government departments.

Granholm on Tuesday announced plans to merge the Department of Management and Budget with the Department of Information Technology.

The move would form a single department to further integrate information technology with the state's other administrative services.

The department would be led by Kenneth Theis, who currently leads the state's information technology department.

Department of Management and Budget Director Lisa Webb Sharpe this week was appointed as a senior vice president with Lansing Community College.

The state had 20 departments in 2003 but Granholm has started moves to reduce the total to 15.