Jacksonville, Ala., Will Hire a New City IT Manager

The city will hire a new information technology supervisor after the City Council voted in favor Monday night, despte the city’s current IT manager voicing some misgivings at a recent public meeting.

by Ben Nunnally, The Anniston Star / October 15, 2019

(TNS) — Jacksonville, Ala., will hire a new information technology supervisor after the City Council voted in favor Monday night, though the current IT manager had misgivings.

Matt Walz, who owns Matt’s Computer in town, told the council — minus members Tony Taylor and Sandra Suddeth — during public comment that he had run computer services for the Police and Fire departments and some departments of City Hall for more than a decade. He also said he designed the network system for the Public Safety Complex, where both departments have offices.

Walz said the change had not been discussed with him.

“I hold countless notes — books of notes — on the city network system,” he said, “and nobody has come to me and said, ‘We’re going to go in a different direction.’”

Council members didn’t respond after Walz’s comment, and the new IT manager, Timothy E. Smith, didn’t seem to be at the meeting.

The meeting lasted only about 10 minutes. The council didn’t hold its customary pre-meeting work session.

©2019 The Anniston Star (Anniston, Ala.). Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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