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Plum looking for new technology director

| Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Lillian DeDomenic | For the Advance Leader
Josh Harp, director of information technology, is shown here demonstrating how security cameras work. Harp left the position earlier this year, and the borough is trying to replace him.

Plum officials aim to get the borough website back online as the search for a new technology director is conducted.

Manager Michael Thomas said Josh Harp, the borough's technology director since 2009, left the job in February as he was working to transfer the software that contains the website from an outside server to the borough's server.

Harp began working in Plum in July 2009 while he was employed by All Lines Technology in Greensburg. He became a borough employee on Sept. 30, 2009. Thomas said Harp's salary was $60,000.

“With the technology equipment we invested in, we decided to put the website — www.plumboro.com — on our server,” Thomas said. The website had been on a server provided by a third-party vendor.

Thomas said in the process of both upgrading and attempting to transfer the software onto the borough's server, “something went wrong.”

The technology problem resulted in the borough's website going down and staying down for the past couple months, Thomas said.

Since Harp's departure, Thomas said he, assistant Manager Greg Bachy and Mona Costanza, assistant to the borough manager, have been tending to the borough's technology operation.

Thomas said other technology concerns resulted in the website remaining offline.

“We have higher priority technology issues,” Thomas said.

The manager anticipates having a new technology director on board by June 3. Thomas hopes to have the website back online prior to June.

In the meantime, residents can access borough information such as meeting schedules and details about services on either Comcast Channel 19 or Verizon Channel 26.

Plum Council Vice President Keith Nowalk, personnel committee chairman, said he recognizes the importance of technology to the borough operation and wants a new technology director hired soon.

“We need a new IT (information technologies) director,” Nowalk said.

The councilman also aims for the website to be operational as soon as possible so that residents can find information about meetings and services.

“I want it up and running,” Nowalk said.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8753 or kzapf@tribweb.com.

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