Official: County’s Tech Workforce Expected to Shrink 9 Percent

RIVERSIDE – Over the next 18 months, Riverside County’s technology workforce will be reduced by about 9 percent, according to a report that the Board of Supervisors reviewed today.

Following up on a Jan. 15 brief he submitted to the board, Chief Information Officer Kevin Crawford provided an addendum that indicated efforts to consolidate the county’s disparate technology units would result in a reduction of around 60 positions through either layoffs or attrition.

Crawford is spearheading an initiative to centralize IT operations, encompassing all electronic data services. He said operations lack uniformity because more than 30 departments have their own technical support teams.

According to Crawford, the result has been overlap and waste, leaving a need to streamline and increase efficiency throughout county government.

Close to 700 employees work in county IT units. Consolidation was expected to conclude by the end of the 2013-14 fiscal year, netting the county an estimated $12 million in annual savings thereafter, according to Crawford.

The tech workforce reduction will account for roughly half of the savings, Crawford said.

A lawyer from the Laborers International Union of North America told the board today that the collective bargaining unit would oppose moves to collocate LIUNA-represented employees with Service Employees International Union members.

Supervisor Marion Ashley challenged the protest.

”I don’t see what the big deal is here,” Ashley said. ”We need to get together and work this out … think of global solutions.”

IT operations in six agencies have been consolidated and consolidations involving another seven are under way, according to Crawford.

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