COLUMBIA — The city’s Information Technology Department has appointed Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine as the interim director until the department finds a permanent replacement for recently resigned Robert Simms.
Simms resigned from his role as director of information technology on Sept. 27 after more than 12 years serving the department, according to a Columbia Missourian article.
St. Romaine will oversee the search for a permanent replacement, who can fulfill a newly revised director job description. He anticipates advertising for the new job in the next two weeks and finding someone to fill the position by next February.
The department has many projects to complete in the next year that involve replacing existing software to make pre-existing duties more efficient, St. Romaine said.
Key projects include public safety records management, computer-aided dispatch software, parking violations software and public Wi-Fi for city facilities.
Another main project St. Romaine hopes to tackle is the Columbia Financial Enterprise Resource Planning System, which, according to St. Romaine's press release, manages core city financial and service functions.
St. Romaine has held individual meetings with all of the information technology supervisors and will set up meetings with all their employees. He said that this is an effort to discuss team strengths, ideas and priorities.
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