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State Hospitals’ Top Technology Chief Joins Private Sector

Andrew Hinkle, a longtime state government executive, has joined a company that specializes in security solutions. He’ll be client executive, serving West Coast state/local/education with an emphasis on California.

The chief information officer for the California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) has left state government for a role in the private sector.

Andrew Hinkle has joined Armis, a security-focused provider of platform, asset management and integrations, in the role of client executive.

“I’ll work on our Governmental Affairs organization and will be helping build out the West Coast SLED and health-care practice with an emphasis on helping in California,” Hinkle told Industry Insider California. “My role will be strategy and working with executive leadership of our potential clients with the intent of helping show them the value of the platform.”

Hinkle had served three years as CIO for DSH and was acting CIO for a period before that. He entered state government in 1995 as a system administrator for the California Secretary of State’s Office, where he spent nine years before moving to the California Highway Patrol as a web developer. From there, he joined ADEA Systems as a consultant before returning to state government in September 2009 as an application developer for DSH.

He spent 13 years with the department, serving in a series of increasingly responsible positions — enterprise server team technical lead, then team manager and project director, then chief technology officer — before his appointment as CIO in September 2019.

Hinkle earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and government from California State University, Sacramento. He is an alumnus of the state’s Information Technology Leadership Academy (ITLA 24).

Hinkle was featured in an Industry Insider California “One-on-One” interview in September 2020.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in Northern California.