Plum Council hires Muggli as information technology coordinator

| Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 8:12 p.m.

Jason Muggli has been happy for the past decade working in the IT department at BNY Mellon.

A job alert for the position of information technology coordinator in the Plum municipal offices prompted his interest in the possibility of changing jobs.

Muggli said the emphasis on experience in project management in both the business and technical sides (of technology) caught his eye.

“I've done both at Mellon,” Muggli said.

Plum Council during the June 10 meeting voted to hire Muggli, 33, of Irwin, for the position at an annual salary of $63,000. Muggli is scheduled to start the new job on July 1.

Muggli replaces Josh Harp who in February left the position.

Manager Michael Thomas, assistant Manager Greg Bachy and Mona Costanza, assistant to the borough manager,have been tending to the borough's technology operation.

Thomas said of the 28 applicants, 13 met the minimum hiring requirements.

Thomas said Muggli stood out from the other applicants.

“From the resume review to the in-box exercise to the interviews, he (Muggli) was the candidate at the top,” Thomas said.

Muggli said his work at Mellon has extended beyond Pittsburgh.

In 2005-06, Muggli was part of a team that upgraded machine software and replaced hardware on about 3,000 devices in Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta and other areas in the U.S.

In 2006, Muggli traveled to London to work on updating about 800 devices from an older version of Windows to the latest one.

Muggli also has worked on IT projects in India and Argentina.

Muggli said he decided to accept the position in Plum because he was looking for a new challenge.

“I want to be a part of a smaller organization and have a greater impact on the direction of the technology,” Muggli said.

One of Muggli's priority projects in Plum will be getting the borough website back online this year.

The website has been down most of the year. Thomas has said a problem occurred when Harp was working to transfer the software that contains the website from an outside server to the borough's server.

Council at the June 10 meeting also voted to spend $7,997 over three years to purchase a content management system for the website.

Muggli also looks forward to working on the IT system at the new public works building off Renton Road.

“I am excited about the new opportunity,” Muggli 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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