Last week I received this email:
Do you think the dawn of Kronos and the computerized purchasing of the county labor pool (mathematics, abstract, yet incorruptible and undefiled, always leaving an indelible audit trail) has had an impact on county government fiscal responsibility? Do you think it ever will or ever could?
I would hope the county would begin to implement a similar system for tracking the execution of material procurement and contract services.”
Next Monday the Information Technology (IT) Committee will meet. The packet sent to me earlier this week containing a memorandum on Kronos, the IT software system chosen to replace the current in house payroll system and to implement HR and benefits. Previous memorandums were from the former IT Director John Herron. This one is from Mark Poole.
My response to the questions:
Well the IT Director John Herron, working in the department with the longest average tenure of any county department (according to a draft version of the Evergreen Study see page 10), just left and went to work for the schools. Multiple county employees shared with me that the Finance Director Randy Vineyard wanted Herron gone and it appears that Vineyard got his wish. Herron was reluctantly put in charge of the Kronos project because a few commissioners found it odd that the Sheriff’s volunteer (an attorney) was going to head up the project.
The commission separated the Budget Committee (putting Sharron Hannum who can’t manage her own budget on it) from the Purchasing Commission. The Purchasing Commission didn’t meet until the Mayor had six months to put an attorney (yeah another attorney) in charge of purchasing. One of its members isn’t very prompt in paying his taxes either.
The Sherriff’s volunteer backed away (taking a “reduced role”) from the Kronos project and now Herron is no longer issuing the updates on the Kronos implementation schedule.
Does anything sound abnormal to you?