Merrillville considers creating IT position

2014-02-17T17:35:00Z 2014-02-17T21:34:13Z Merrillville considers creating IT positionChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
February 17, 2014 5:35 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | If Merrillville leaders decide to create a full-time information technology specialist position, candidates wouldn't necessarily need years of work experience, Clerk-Treasurer Eugene Guernsey said.

"We're not looking for John Q. Einstein," Guernsey said.

While town officials recently discussed the possibility of creating the position, Town Councilman Richard Hardaway said experienced IT specialists could command large salaries.

Guernsey thinks Merrillville could keep the salary low by hiring a person directly out of school.

Hardaway said if the salary offered is too low, Merrillville might not attract candidates with all the qualifications needed for the position.

"If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys," he said.

Guernsey said hiring an IT specialist in Merrillville is necessary for daily municipal operations, and several town departments would benefit if the job were created.

For example, there are several documents in the Planning and Building Department that need to be scanned, Guernsey said.

"We have files on top of files on top of files," he said.

Merrillville also needs a person who would be immediately available in the event a department experiences computer issues, Guernsey said.

Assistant Police Chief James Donohue currently handles IT services for the town.

"Donohue does a good job," Guernsey said.

He said Donohue has responsibilities he must handle within the Police Department, and Merrillville can't pull him away from those responsibilities to address technology issues in another department.

Guernsey said a full-time IT specialist also would be responsible for maintaining Merrillville's website.

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