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North Aurora may hire computer specialist

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Updated: February 17, 2014 8:51AM

NORTH AURORA — The Finance Committee Monday approved a plan to hire the village’s first full-time computer expert.

“We’re growing,” commented Trustee Laura Curtis. “We’re going to save enough money in the long run to justify the expense. We’ve been asking a lot of employees to go outside their areas of expertise to help with IT.”

The village’s part-time software technician retired last month, leaving staff without anyone to perform routine maintenance and repairs, said Village Administrator Steven Bosco. Even when the technician was on staff, he worked only 28 hours per week, leaving about 32 hours per week of IT-related tasks for other employees and outside consultants to perform.

The full-time technology specialist’s duties would include maintaining and updating the village government’s computer network; running the Police Department’s record management and digital radio systems; maintaining and upgrading village security systems; setting up a GIS digital mapping system; managing the village’s phone network and cell phone contracts; troubleshooting hardware and software issues; and helping staff expand the village’s website, Facebook page and other social media applications.

The pay range would go from $55,000 to $90,000 per year, plus benefits, Bosco said.

“I called around other municipalities similar to North Aurora, and I didn’t see anyone [in this type of position] at a salary below $55,000,” he explained. “I don’t want to go too low because if the pay is too low, that person will leave and we’ll have to reassess the position all over again.”

Savings from reducing the $48,000 per year budgeted for IT consulting contracts could make up some of the cost of hiring a technology specialist, noted Trustee Chris Faber.

“There’s not the slightest doubt in my mind that we’d be able to fill 40 hours a week for a full-time computer person,” he asserted. “This will be money well spent.”

The Village Board is scheduled to vote on the proposed new position Jan. 21.

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