Blagojevich announces departure of CMS Director Paul Campbell,
thanks him for successful tenure to make state more efficient
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led streamlining of government operations, helped save money
Assistant Director Maureen O'Donnell named acting director
[March 15, 2007]
CHICAGO -- Governor Rod R.
Blagojevich announced March 9 that Paul Campbell, Director of
Central Management Services, will be leaving his administration to
return to the private sector. The Governor thanked Campbell for his
successful tenure making the State operations run more efficiently,
streamlining processes and helping save the taxpayers' money. The
Governor also announced CMS Assistant Director Maureen O'Donnell
will be the acting director until a permanent replacement is named.
"CMS has played a critical part in our successful efforts to
streamline government and make it more efficient so we could invest
more in healthcare, education and public safety. By using his strong
private-sector experience, Paul Campbell has helped transform the
business functions of government. State government works better for
the people of Illinois as a result of his service," said Gov.
When Gov. Blagojevich was first elected in 2003, he
gave CMS a simple mandate: "to run the business of government like a
business." Campbell has been at the agency for four years, serving
first as assistant director before being appointed Director in May
of 2005. The implementation of the Governor's streamlining
initiative has helped saved Illinois taxpayers at least $529
million, according to Deloitte Consulting's analysis of efficiency
efforts in the first two fiscal years of the Governor's
Campbell implemented the Governor's directive by streamlining the
state's internal operations, bringing private-sector innovations to
the public sector, and saving taxpayer money while improving the
business functions of state government. The department leads the
cost-effective administration of purchasing, property management,
information technology, telecommunications, internal audit and
outside legal services for the state's executive agencies, personnel
and benefits for all state employees and retirees, and the state's
employee and vendor diversity programs.
"I want to thank Governor Blagojevich for the opportunity to
serve in his cabinet as we took bold and unprecedented steps to
transform the business functions of state government. With his
leadership we launched dozens of efficiency initiatives to
streamline operations and increase public accountability and
transparency. Changing the system hasn't always been easy, but we've
made great strides to consolidate the administrative duties of state
agencies and in the process produced more than half a billion
dollars in savings for Illinois taxpayers," said Campbell.
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CMS accomplishments since 2003 include:
State's business functions through the Shared Services Model,
which allowed to transfer into CMS from various agencies
critical functions including procurement, IT and communications,
internal audit, facilities management, fleet management,
workers' compensation, media relations and legal services. This
transformation was recognized with a 2005 Innovations Award from
the Council of State Governments.
transparency and improving decision-making in purchasing, which
was recognized as a national model with two awards from the
National Association of State Purchasing Officials (NASPO).
Upgrading services to
citizens and agencies through "Project Hercules" which allowed
for the State to modernize and enhance the Illinois Century
Network (ICN) to reduce costs and increase services to schools,
hospitals and law enforcement agencies statewide. "Project
Hercules" was recognized with a Computerworld Honors Program
laureate medal in 2006.
Expanding the program
to accelerate the growth of small and diverse businesses, by
boosting their ability to compete for State contracts.
Expanding markets and
revenues for the State's surplus property tax by taking auctions
O'Donnell is currently the Assistant Director of CMS and will
serve as acting director until a permanent director is named.
O'Donnell started her career as a registered nurse, and later earned
an MBA and a JD. She has both private- and public-sector experience,
having worked for institutions as varied as the University of
Illinois Hospital and Ameritech. O'Donnell has worked for large
corporations, state government, and in her last private-sector
position, served as principal of a successful startup business in
the construction industry.
[Text copied from file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]