CHESHIRE — The Fire and Police Departments are joining forces in search of an individual who can update and modernize both departments’ technology systems.
The position, introduced as a possibility at a Town Council meeting last month by Councilor Sylvia Nichols, would replace the Cheshire Police Department Technology Coordinator. Mike Winters served in that position prior to his death.
“When Mike Winters passed away unexpectedly in October (2020), we were left without someone who could adequately address the technology issues at both the Police and Fire Departments,” Nichols said. “Winter’s position covered both departments and he was vital to our town.”
This new position, which would be called the Public Safety Network Administrator, would serve as the chief technical person in charge of and maintaining the technology for both departments.
The position includes a pay classification grade of E-2 at 40 hours a week at an annual salary between $71,917 and $109,096. This position is exempt from any overtime eligibility.
“This is a unique opportunity to get some value added in a fiscally responsible way,” said Deputy Police Chief Fred Jortner. “The combined needs of the CFD and the CPD will be under one position in a non-union environment where needs are met, but not by overtime. The past twenty years has greatly advanced technology, and Mike did an admirable job, but with all the unfunded mandates and technology updates, this is as good a time as any for a new position.”
“A Council decision on this would legitimize the actual position and pay scale,” added Fire Chief Jack Casner. “Mike also served the CFD for a long time and did a great job.
“With all the electronic equipment in the department there is a strong need for an I.T. (information technologies) person to handle these services,” he continued.
The position will include maintaining local and wide area network software, managing hardware components and industry-specific application software, and providing training to end users for connectivity to local and wide area networks.
Nichols added that creating the position would not have a major financial impact on the Town, but would reduce the amount of overtime used by both departments and reclassify the job Winters previously held as “far better service for the important mechanisms involved with emergency calls.”