Decatur’s “Innovation through Collaboration” Governance Model
The City's technology initiatives are governed by a technology committee consisting of representatives of all departments. The technology committee evolved from the City's Y2K planning efforts in 1999. In the absence of City technology staff, the City of Decatur contracts with VC3, Inc. for technology support services. The technology committee provides oversight of VC3 and develops technology-related policies, procedures, and training.
The technology committee developed an Egovernment Plan in 2001 and an updated IT Strategic Plan in 2012. The Plan describes how the City will manage IT services that promote innovation, collaboration, efficiency and informed decision-making.
Over the years the technology committee has implemented numerous projects from the Plan including a redesign of the City's website, online payments for police citations and parking tickets, purchase of recreation registration software, a transition of departments from premise-based to cloud computing, and other internal technology improvements. Current and forthcoming projects include new cemetery and development applications, disaster recovery planning and exercises, transitioning the Police Department to the cloud, a PCI gap analysis, and a downtown visitor app.
The City also partners with an outside consulting firm to perform an independent assessment every two years of the city’s technology infrastructure and IT services.
For more information regarding the City's technology initiatives contact Andrea Arnold at 404-370-4102 (Andrea.Arnold@decaturga.com) or Russ Madison at 404-370-4100 (Russ.Madison@decaturga.com).