MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo board of supervisors approved the appointment of a current employee to lead software development in the embattled MIS department.
Following an open application process and interviews, the county’s Information Technology Steering Committee recommended on Monday, September 15 that Tim Berneman be appointed Application Development and Data Manager in the IT Department. The board of supervisors was advised of that recommendation at their meeting Tuesday and took action to appoint Mr. Berneman to that position, with a starting salary at $67,000.
Mr. Berneman described his duties as “manag[ing] the Software Development Team in the IT Department for Cerro Gordo County.”
The Network & Systems Manager position previously held by Scott Tepner, remains unfilled. The Steering Committee, with McGladrey, Inc.’s assistance, will be evaluating some technology alternatives to see what is the right fit for the county. Depending on the alternative selected, it may result in the position being unnecessary.
Andy Flagge continues to serve Cerro Gordo County as Network Administrator, the same position he has held since April 2007.
In June of this year, a state auditor identified $2,893.03 of improper and unsupported disbursements and undeposited collections, much of which was attributed to Mr. Tepner. He was later released from his position with the county as part of a settlement after he was accused of domestic assault and no-contact order violations – charges that were all dropped.
McGladrey, Inc. continues to work with the county in the development of a charter by the MIS Steering Committee, preparation and adoption of new job descriptions for certain positions recommended by the report, contracting for chief information officer services, and adoption of a technology action plan.