Age: 40Salary: $105,000 Previous job: Manager of telecommunications and technology transfer at Basin Electric Power Co-op, Bismark, N.D.Took the job in September 2001 because: After 19 years with the same company, Wolf welcomed the chance to be Montana\u2019s first CIO. Plus, he has a soft spot for Montana; and at midcareer, he was feeling the need to contribute to public good in some manner. So when Montana announced the job, Wolf applied.Technology challenge: Evaluating several large, troubled IT projects to determine whether they\u2019re salvageable. And building a process architecture to strengthen the state\u2019s project management methodology to ensure that mistakes won\u2019t be repeated. Management challenge: Moving the state\u2019s IT organization from a siloed environment to an enterprise perspective. "There\u2019s a lot of historical culture to deal with, a lot of trust that needs to be built." On the pay cut: "You don\u2019t come to these positions for the money. I\u2019m working longer and harder than I ever have. You have to have a fundamental sense of stewardship for the taxpayers of the state."His future: Gov. Judy Martz\u2019s term ends December 2004, and she hasn\u2019t yet announced if she\u2019s running again, but because Wolf does not report directly to the governor it\u2019s possible he could stay on under a new administration. If and when he\u2019s ready to return to the private sector, "the skill sets I\u2019m using here are absolutely transferable to the private sector or another government job." Take-away: "It\u2019s a wonderful feeling when you deploy true efficiency and effectiveness that touches the taxpayer. And the research, performance management and best practices that come out of government models are invaluable. Wherever I go next, I will be a much better manager because of what I\u2019ve been exposed to here."