Tuesday, March 17, 2009

IT Ordinance Tabled

The administration's quest for an information technology director faltered Monday when the City Council tabled an ordinance creating the job title.

Council members said they still have questions about what the job should entail. But City Administrator Marc Dashield said he spelled out the needs in a recent presentation, which he promised to put up on the city web site for those who missed it.

In February, the administration offered an ordinance to create the title of director of data processing, but on Monday a new title, Manager I of Information Processing, was up for a vote. The salary range had also been revised, from $95,500 to $135,400 for the previous title to $70,000 to $110,000 for the new one. But Councilman Cory Storch moved to table the ordinance, saying, "I don't see any harm in taking a few months" to settle the issue. Storch wants more citizen input and a more convincing argument from the administration on the need for what will amount to an IT department.

Click here for a file of past blog posts on the issue.

Storch, Councilwoman Annie McWilliams, Councilman Adrian Mapp and Council President Rashid Burney voted "yes" to table the ordinance. Councilman William Reid and Councilwoman Linda Carter voted "no." Councilman Elliott Simmons was absent.

--Bernice Paglia


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