June 18--UNION CITY -- Erie County government's new Information Technology Department officially has three new employees.
Erie County Council, which held its monthly meeting in Union City on Tuesday evening, signed off on ordinances that appropriated more than $101,000 and created line items completing the move for three employees of the county's Department of Public Safety -- two radio technicians and a database maintenance and information coordinator -- to the new IT Department.
The employees are based at the county's 911 center in Summit Township, and will still handle IT-related duties there. However, they will now be supervised by the county's information technology director, Erick Friedman, as part of a county plan that created a centralized department.
Friedman was hired by County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper in March.
The centralized department was approved by County Council in November as part of the county's 2014 budget, to improve efficiency and save money.
County government used to have nearly 30 information technology workers in various departments who handle issues with computers, websites and office equipment.
In other business, County Council approved a resolution, co-sponsored by Councilmen Phil Fatica and Andre Horton, that asks the state Legislature to increase funding for pre-K programs across Pennsylvania as part of the Pre-K for PA campaign.
County Council met at Union City High School, 105 Concord St., as part of an annual tradition of moving meetings throughout the county between June and September.
Council's next meeting is July 15 at the Wesleyville Borough Building, 3421 Buffalo Road.
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