County to add another full-time IT position

Another full-time computer operations position has been added to the Auglaize County staff .

Auglaize County Commissioner Doug Spencer said while the commissioners debated about filling an assistant county computer operations manager position with an intern, duties of that position dictated that they hire someone full-time.

“Obviously, with all the progress in technology we rely on, we need people in place not only for maintenance, but to take us to the next level,” Spencer told the Wapakoneta Daily News on Friday. “It’s too much for one person to handle and it was imperative we hire another person. We tried to go the internship route, but decided we needed to go ahead and hire someone full time.”

Hired in the position is Scott Stanford, who is to begin the job Tuesday at a bi-weekly starting wage of $1,730 and with a 90-day probationary period. He is to assist county Computer Operations Manager Cameron Ruppert.

Spencer said the county had tried using an internship to fill the position in the past before hiring that person, Nathaniel Schumacher, as the assistant three years ago.

Commissioners decided in 2010, when Schumacher was hired, that they needed another full-time employee to get the work load done. Schumacher announced he was leaving for another position in April.

The assistant county computer operations manager position is responsible for maintaining day-to-day operations of the information system, performing hardware upgrades and repairs and working with elected officials and department heads to promptly address system-wide and individual operational problems. The position also requires the maintenance and monitoring of sites using virus protection software, performing daily backup procedures, and performing other safeguards for the county’s documents and records.