Columbia's city information technology director resigns

Thursday, September 27, 2012 | 6:09 p.m. CDT; updated 6:42 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 27, 2012

COLUMBIA — The head of information technology for city government has resigned, effective immediately, according to a city news release issued late Thursday.

Robert Simms has been director of information technology since July 13, 2000. He was in charge of 27 employees and has worked on projects including technology installation in the new City Hall addition and coordinating software updates for Municipal Court and human resources. 

Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine announced the resignation.

"Bob came into our organization at a time when stability was sorely needed, and he was able to accomplish many goals and assist in key projects during his tenure," St. Romaine said in the release. 

St. Romaine said a plan seeking interim leadership and a new director will be established within a few days.

"Normally, this process takes three to five months, but we'll be working on a fast track," St. Romaine's statement said.

St. Romaine and Simms could not immediately be reached for a comment.

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