Privatizing Franklin County’s information technology work could cut 30 jobs

Source: Kimball Perry, Columbus Dispatch, December 12, 2016

Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo wants to update the county’s computer center by hiring a private company for information technology services, a move that could cut 30 county jobs. … The data center, with an $11 million budget in 2016, provides IT and computer services for 44 county government departments and offices. Mingo’s office administers the data center and its 60 employees, but it is overseen by an appointed board. In July, Mingo brought to the board a proposal he said would save taxpayers millions while providing up-to-date, around-the clock IT services and security. To do that, though, about half of the current data center workers, whose skills and expertise may not have kept pace with technology, could lose their jobs. In addition to saving $4.3 million over five years, Mingo’s plan would modernize the data center, where some workers specialize in software that is 30 years old. Mingo suggested it would be too costly to retrain existing employees and far more efficient to hire a private company for those services. … Two other data center board members, though, suggested Mingo’s original plan was insufficient, and the board commissioned a $250,000 study. The study recommends replacing some data center workers with a private company. …