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Kingman IT dept. keeps city abuzz

The city's Information Technology Department might not be on par with what takes place at NASA, but keeping employees plugged in presents its challenges.

Director Joe Clos at Tuesday's City Council meeting offered an overview of what I.T. does. His presentation was provided at the behest of Mayor Janet Watson, who hopes to have all of the city's department heads give similar overviews in an effort to educate the community.

Essentially, Clos said, his department supports all of the city's network functions and data and phone service at 19 separate locations where city business is conducted. Roughly 300 computers and 200 telephones are involved.

Two websites, one for the public and one geared to employees are maintained, he said.

"We're revising the public website and that should be unveiled soon," said Clos.

I.T., with seven employees, also keeps Cable 4, the city's public access television station, up and running and an effort is under way to expand programming. Currently, City Council meetings are broadcast live.

About 30 software systems are maintained at various departments, said Clos. A traffic system upgrade is under way and there are programs to assist employees conduct plan reviews, monitor code enforcement and track business licenses.

An upgrade to the city attorney's case management system should be completed this year, one that will allow attorneys to remotely access the system while in court.

Another program that maps the city's parks and golf course watering systems is in development, he said, and a new firewall is being configured to protect the overall system.

The largest program, he said, is the Kingman Police Department's data mobilization unit, and his department is meeting with both the police and fire departments to get it online.


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