Tuesday, March 03, 2009

IT Ordinance Withdrawn

A controversial City Council vote on establishment of a director of data processing title was put off Monday when the administration withdrew the ordinance.

The matter will be taken up again at the March 9 agenda session.

Residents and council members alike have questioned the need for the new title, especially its inclusion in the FY 2009 budget that has yet to be finalized. The budget year began July 1, but the push for a data processing director did not start until recently and was stated as a dire necessity. Council members split over issues including the need, the salary range and the unspoken details such as additional staff for an IT department once a director is hired.

On Monday, resident Sandy Gurshman praised the delay, citing the need for more information on the director’s job description, the total cost of a new department and staff requirements. She said people need to see that anyone hired for the post would have the proper credentials and that all questions must be answered before the plan proceeds.

Councilwoman Annie McWilliams, chair of the council's IT committee, has been questioning the same issues ever since the idea of the new job was floated a few weeks ago.

Click here for the state job description for the title of director of data processing. The job was originally described as IT director, but that is not an official title.

--Bernice Paglia


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