Payne Resigns from PPS
Payne is resigning as coordinator of Information Technology and Support Services after nine years with the district. His resignation will be up for a vote at the Board of Education's Jan. 19 meeting. It will take effect Feb. 5.
Payne led a shared services effort to upgrade city IT uses a couple of years ago, but the plan halted abruptly. Meanwhile, the city administration and council clashed over what was needed for a permanent IT division in terms of personnel and cost. It was not until the final fourth year of Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs' first term that the City Council approved a title and salary band for the position.
If as many expect Payne is in line for the city job, his new title would be "Manager I of Information Processing" with a salary range of $70,000 to $110,000. The city wants an IT manager also to be in charge of its local cable television operation and its public information functions. The question of how much staff support will be needed is still open.
The administration will not need City Council approval to hire an IT manager, nor will a council Information Technology committee have any input on the hire, officials said last year.