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City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney said although the City of Rocky Mount’s chief technology officer position is not presently filled, the municipality has a finalist as of Wednesday or a couple of days ago.

“So pending the background investigation coming back in a positive way, I should be able to announce the appointment of a chief technology officer for the city,” Small-Toney said.

The subject came up during a news conference on Wednesday morning at City Hall about the recent disruption to the City of Rocky Mount’s computer network.

Small-Toney, Mayor Sandy Roberson, Councilman Richard Joyner, police Chief George Robinson and City Finance Director Amy Staton were present.

A question from one of the reporters at the news conference focused on whether the information technology leader was unavailable on Wednesday to appear before the news media.

Staton replied that the position currently is vacant. The reporter asked about how long the position had been vacant, which prompted Small-Toney to briefly provide an update.

The subject of the position also came up on June 1 when Kenneth Hunter, as the city’s chief budget and evaluation manager, presented the council with extensive details in preparation for the council to eventually approve the municipal fiscal year 2020-21 budget.

Discussion among the council members included the subject of information technology.

Small-Toney told the council members the city was going forward to recruit a chief technology officer “for the second time around.”

Councilman Reuben Blackwell followed by asking when the city would anticipate having a leader in place in information technology.

Small-Toney said, “We have already spoken to the executive recruiter again about going back out for the chief technology officer (position).

“Sadly, the economy is such that perhaps we really will get an as-qualified candidate this time around as we had the first time around, because things have changed and people have lost employment,” Small-Toney said.

“So we’re hoping that we’ll have a pretty good pool of candidates to search from,” Small-Toney said. “I suspect that we would be hopeful to have someone in place within three months.

“That’s usually about how long it takes to go through a recruitment process to bring ’em into the city,” Small-Toney said.

A check of the open jobs section of the N.C. League of Municipalities website revealed an advertisement for the City of Rocky Mount’s chief technology officer position.

The want ad said the position was classified as an executive director of technology/chief technology officer and that this is a new leadership position to highlight and expand the city’s technology assets.

The ad specified the salary range as between $108,253 to $135,317, with the starting yearly pay to depend on qualifications and experience.

The ad also specified candidates could have at minimum a bachelor’s degree in a related field and 10 years of experience in information technology, with at least five years of management and strategic experience in information technology.

As an alternative, the ad specified candidates could have a master’s degree in business administration or a master’s degree in information technology along with eight years of experience, four of which must be managerial and strategic.

The ad said the person hired would supervise a technology services department with a $7 million budget and a centralized staff of 24.

The ad also said the person hired would have to live within Rocky Mount’s corporate limits within 12 months of being hired.

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