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RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina has a new chief information officer.

Gerald Fralick, a veteran technology executive from Chapel Hill, is replacing George Bakolia, Gov. Bev Perdue announced Thursday.

Bakolia, the state’s CIO since 2002 and an appointee of former Gov. Mike Easley, will serve as senior deputy CIO, Perdue said in a statement. That deputy post had been vacant.

“Jerry and George have years of experience and North Carolina will continue to be a technology leader under their direction,” Perdue said in a statement.

Fralick, a former CIO at the Office of Justice Programs for the U.S. Department of Justice, is president and owner of JFCS. The company, a service disabled veteran owned business, provides marketing services to information technology firms.

A graduate of LeMoyne College in New York with a degree in economics, Fralick earned a Master’s degree in computers and management of IT at American University.

Bakolia was CIO of the North Carolina Department of Justice before taking the state CIO spot.

The N.C. CIO directs the N.C. Office of Information Technology Services.