EID’s IT department

By From page A5 | October 25, 2013


I read with great interest about EID’s IT wanting to invest in a business reliability software program. Since 1999 EID’s IT Department has always requested big fund requests (at least $200,000 a pop each), to be more cost effective with big fancy PowerPoint presentations and technical terms to confuse the ordinary lay person. Yet each year they run into the same simple issue of not being able to track intemal assets (expensive assets) with a software program. Why just a few months ago IT staff called outer sites to ask what assets they had on hand; I would assume a software program could do that a lot more efficiently not to mention keeping a paper/electronic trail. Those assets would be PC’s, monitors, printers, servers, scanners, etc. How can those items not be tracked?

Just a few years ago a water district from Sacramento got into very hot water for the same lack of accountability. Yes they are supposed to tag each asset, but have yet to develop a simple program that tracks where assets are and when they move or shall we say disappear? That adds up to millions of dollars that simply vanish — your ratepayer money down the drain.

Furthermore the IT department is overstaffed compared to staff employee ration to IT support. Yet they always seem to attract “visionary IT directors” who are overpaid that promise they will lead to greater results, not to mention a current salary well over $1i0,000. My son is a longtime employee and informed me over dinner last week that EID pays for each and every employee’s cell bill. It appears on their paycheck stub as a “stipend,” which amounts to about $9,000 district-wide monthly, or about
$108,000 a year. And we wonder why our water bills are so high.

Better yet, the director of Facilities Management does not have a college degree but a high school diploma. This director also makes more than the new Placerville Police
chief. Explain that one Jim Abercrombie. It’s time the public demands that EID clean house and get things in sound financial order. We all know what talks and what should walk. Stand up and demand better management; it’s your bi-monthly bill that bankrolls EID’s activities.


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