- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Brown County officials are defending a contract for information technology services that has paid an Aberdeen company nearly $400,000 in three years and led to a critical state audit.

Sivertsen Technology this year has billed the county for an average of 52 hours per week. The state audit also concluded that the company double-billed the county for a computer, the American News reported (https://bit.ly/1tAg0bJ ).

County Commission Chairman Duane Sutton said the double-billing was an honest mistake. The county has stopped buying products from Sivertsen, and Sutton said he has “no concerns at all” about the partnership between the county and the company.

County Communications Center Director John McQuillen defended the money paid to Sivertsen since 2011.

“We’ve made significant improvements and they were needed,” he said. “The county’s infrastructure wasn’t up to date, and we’ve been fortunate to have a contractor like Sivertsen Technology work for us to improve those systems.”

The county probably saved money by not having a full-time information technology officer, McQuillen said.

Chris Stucke, an information technology professional who has worked for the county in the past, questioned that assumption.

“A well-paid IT person in Brown County would make about $50,000 per year, so, if the county is paying over $100,000 per year for one technician, it could have two people with 10 or 15 years of relevant experience and maybe hire another part-time person,” he said.

Sivertsen Technology CEO Paul Sivertsen has been the lone company technician working on county projects this year, according to McQuillen. Sivertsen declined to comment, citing client trust.

The county is now hiring a chief information technology officer, which officials said might lead to the end of the contract with Sivertsen.

___

Information from: Aberdeen American News, https://www.aberdeennews.com

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide