King switches IT providers

Mayor Jack Warren swears in Officer Kenneth Gallimore as a new member of the King Police Department.

Mayor Jack Warren recognizes Susan O’Brien as the city’s Employee of the Quarter.

The City of King is expecting to save $44,000 over a three year period, following a decision to switch to a new information technology service provider.

City Manager Homer Dearmin said the city had contracted with VC3, Inc. for those services since 2011, but the most recent contract renewal quote raised the city’s monthly rate from $2,250 to $4,535.

As a result city staff started looking for alternative providers, settling on Mount Airy based SouthData.

“The main reason for the switch is cost savings as well as having folks located more locally,” he said. “The relationship with VC3 has been good over the years, however a 100 percent contract price increase is unreasonable.”

Dearmin said the city’s IT Committee had unanimously recommended the switch to SouthData.

As part of the switch to a new provider, the city will need to update its exchange server and other fiber and wireless hardware, at a one-time cost of $40,206.

Dearmin noted that the equipment was close to five years old and was nearing the end of its life expectancy anyway.

“The IT Committee is unanimously in favor of accepting SouthData’s recommendation for immediate equipment replacement,” said Dearmin. “With this agreement we would also have SouthData here for 16 hours each month as part of the contract and that will also save us some on service costs.”

The King City Council unanimously approve the switch Monday night.

Employee of the Quarter

Mayor Jack Warren recognized Susan O’Brien as the city’s Employee of the Quarter, noting that she was nominated by Police Chief Paula May.

“Susan does a great job of managing the budget year round and keeping the personnel paperwork in order,” wrote May in her recommendation. “She is very quick to provide me whatever I need at a moment’s notice, such as up-to-date budget information. I know she must stop whatever sh is doing to provide what my officers and I need, and if I have a problem she does not mind being interrupted to handle it. All of her staff treat us the same way, and I wish I could nominate them all at the same time. Susan’s leadership shows in her employees.”

Other business

— Warren also swore in Officer Kenneth Gallimore as a new member of the King Police Department.

— The council agreed to let city staff negotiate a contract with Verizon to locate a cell tower on the town’s water tower.

— The council appointed Kyle Hall as an alternate member of the King Planning Board.

Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.

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