SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - January 26, 2011) - e.Republic's Center for Digital Government is pleased to announce the addition of William H. Leighty as a senior fellow to its impressive bench of state and local government experts.

Leighty formerly served as chief of staff to both Gov. Tim Kaine and Gov. Mark Warner of Virginia and was the chief operating officer for the commonwealth. Prior to this, Leighty was the director of the Virginia Retirement System. Leighty specializes in designing, implementing and guiding large-scale performance management systems and assisting organizations with change management.

Leighty has repeatedly been recognized for his dedication -- and success -- in public service. In 2007, Governing magazine named him one of nine "Public Officials of the Year." During his tenure as the chief operating officer of the commonwealth of Virginia, Governing magazine named the state the "Best Managed State in the Nation."

"The Center is thrilled to welcome someone of Bill Leighty's caliber to our team," said Cathilea Robinett, executive vice president of the Center for Digital Government. "His formidable experience in state government and his proven dedication to excellence is invaluable to us as we work to help leaders improve operations, reduce costs and build better relationships with their constituents."

As a senior fellow, Leighty will contribute to Center thought leadership, collaborating on its highly regarded strategy papers and extensive research. Leighty will also serve as a voice of the Center at government IT events around the nation.

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. See

The Center is a division of e.Republic, a national publishing, event and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation. See

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