NASCIO Technology Champion Award Honors Colorado DPS Executive Director Stan Hilkey

Lexington, Ky, Tuesday, May 11, 2021 — The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has awarded Stan Hilkey, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS), with the association’s 2021 Technology Champion Award. His nomination reads, “change can be difficult in the best of circumstances and when you are responsible for protecting public safety, it is not uncommon to see resistance when it comes to technology. If not implemented properly, the consequences can be severe. Under Director Hilkey’s leadership, CDPS is re-imagining how they deliver service to customers.” Hilkey is encouraging employees to “explore and adopt a wide range of technological solutions that can better serve customers while maintaining their core mission of protecting public safety.”

Hilkey’s leadership has led to the implementation of many advanced technologies, most notably, in helping develop the Colorado Digital ID in myColorado, the State of Colorado’s official mobile app. Specifically, Hilkey championed the innovative concept from the get-go, immediately recognizing the safety benefits that a secure and convenient digital ID would provide state troopers. Digital ID is now being accepted as proof of identity during traffic stops and paving the way for other law enforcement agencies to follow suit.

“The next generation of digital identity has become more important than ever, especially over the last year,” said Denis Goulet, Commissioner and CIO for the State of New Hampshire and NASCIO President. “I am proud to recognize Stan for his visionary leadership.”

NASCIO created the Technology Champion Award in 2003 to recognize outstanding individual contributions to the field of information technology in the public sector. Recipients further NASCIO’s vision of a government in which the public is fully served through the efficient and effective use of technology policy.

Learn more about the NASCIO Technology Champion award and prior recipients at

NASCIO Contact
Meredith Ward
Director of Policy and Research
National Association of State Chief Information Officers