The Ottumwa Courier

April 6, 2013

Exit interview: County needs IT person

CINDY TOOPES
Courier Staff Writer

OTTUMWA — When it comes to information technology (IT), Wapello County Supervisor Greg Kenning said the county apparently has “a lot of shortcomings to address.”

The supervisors had an exit interview with the county’s Information Technology Committee that visited Wapello County offices this week.

“We’ll get a full report on April 30,” Kenning said

On Wednesday, the supervisors’ discussions with Jordan Scupien, the county’s geographic information system coordinator, revealed that Wapello County needs its own IT worker.

“I think the gist of the exit interview was that the county needs its own IT person, whether feasible or not,” he said.

Scupien had invited Scott Williams, the Marshall County IT director, and Bill Horning of Johnson County to participate in Scupien’s assessment of Wapello County’s technology needs.

Scupien also said he was hearing the revenue saved by making the county’s technology system more efficient might fund a new county department.

Scupien also said there will be another meeting at the end of April, and the Wapello County committee will share their results.

“They’ll go through the official results they came up with, and they will go through them line by line,” he said. “This will be what issues we’re having, and it’ll be kind of like an Excel spread sheet.”

Scupien also said he was very thankful the committee is looking at the county’s IT needs.

“One of the committee members gave up some vacation time to help with the study of Wapello County’s procedures and equipment for information technology,” he said.

Scupien also noted the committee wasn’t a company trying to sell the county an idea. They are county workers from all over the state, and they will go at the county’s request to assess equipment.

“They’re not trying to sell anything to us,” he added.

Scupien said Wapello County “is a big county, and I can’t do it alone.”

“Every department is handling all of their IT problems on their own,” he said. “So, do we maintain what we’re doing? Or do we try to solve things on our own? I’m not sure how the other departments want to move forward.”