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April 15, 2013
Dr. Christopher Dela Rosa has been appointed as chief information officer at Harford Community College. In this position, Dela Rosa will continue to provide leadership to staff and manage the day-to-day operations of Computing and Technology Services. Dela Rosa had been serving as interim vice president for information technology at Harford Community College since January. He served previously as associate vice president for information technology, director for information technology operations and manager of technology operations at Harford Community College.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
The head of the Mayor's Office of Information Technology has resigned amid an investigation into allegations that the department paid contractual employees for work they may not have performed. Christopher Tonjes, who denies any wrongdoing, expressed frustration in his resignation letter with the pace of the investigation. "Having been arbitrarily placed on administrative leave amid a cloud of scrutiny, I have been unable to do my job and serve the citizens of Baltimore," Tonjes said in his letter to the mayor, submitted Monday.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2012
Three months after top city officials rejected a contract to install a new municipal telephone system, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's chief information officer and Comptroller Joan M. Pratt met Thursday to talk about what to do next. The administration proposed a memorandum of understanding between the two feuding offices that would create a new commission to oversee the city's phone system, which has been the subject of heated debate. The memorandum proposes creating a 12-member "Communications Governance Committee" - with three members who report to Pratt and nine who work for the mayor - that would oversee the phone system, which city officials have been trying to convert to Voice over Internet Protocol technology.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 20, 2014
Brigadier General Bruce T. Crawford officially assumed command of the Army Communications-Electronics Command and of Aberdeen Proving Ground on Tuesday during a 10 a.m. ceremony at the post's C4ISR Center of Excellence Campus. Gen. Dennis L. Via, commanding general of the Army Materiel Command, presided over the ceremony and welcomed Crawford to the AMC family. Both generals greeted the more than 400 soldiers, dignitaries, employees and assembled guests. "Brig. Gen. Crawford knows communications, he knows the warfighter and he is well respected within the Army's Signal community and the Joint C4 [command, control, communications, computers]
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
Anne Arundel County government officials say the days of delays are gone for employees opening and responding to email messages. More than 6,000 county government email addresses were switched this month from an old system called GroupWise to a Google-based system. The old system was slow and problematic, county officials say. It was shut down for a weekend in June so information technology workers could fix problems after employees endured a week of receiving delayed messages - or no messages at all. "It was definitely on its last legs," said Rick Durkee, the county's chief information officer.
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Jamie Smith Hopkins | July 12, 2012
The popular state search site for real estate information in Maryland -- who owns that home, how much did they pay for it and how much does the state think it's worth -- has been down since Monday. You've probably been aware of this since, oh, Monday, if you use it as much as I do, but July is a big month even for occasional users. Tax bills go out in July. "Since Monday we have had major database problems with the online Real Property system ," reads the warning , up as of Thursday morning, on the state Department of Assessments and Taxation site.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2010
Baltimore is launching a national search for two finance department employees — for a price tag that exceeds the average salary the city pays its workers. The Board of Estimates voted unanimously Wednesday to pay $60,000 to Ralph Andersen and Associates, a California-based headhunting firm, to search for a deputy finance director and a chief information officer. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the importance of the positions necessitated hiring an outside firm, rather than relying on the city's human resource department, which handles most candidate searches.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 20, 2014
Brigadier General Bruce T. Crawford officially assumed command of the Army Communications-Electronics Command and of Aberdeen Proving Ground on Tuesday during a 10 a.m. ceremony at the post's C4ISR Center of Excellence Campus. Gen. Dennis L. Via, commanding general of the Army Materiel Command, presided over the ceremony and welcomed Crawford to the AMC family. Both generals greeted the more than 400 soldiers, dignitaries, employees and assembled guests. "Brig. Gen. Crawford knows communications, he knows the warfighter and he is well respected within the Army's Signal community and the Joint C4 [command, control, communications, computers]
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2012
Comptroller Joan Pratt sent a series of public information act requests to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration this week seeking records related to a controversial deal to purchase high-tech phones and related equipment. Pratt says that Rawlings-Blake has stonewalled her on the subject since a June meeting of the city's spending board at which the mayor shot down a contract that the comptroller's office had drawn up with IBM to overhaul the city's phone system.  Rawlings-Blake said at the time that she wanted the comptroller's office to work more closely with the Mayor's Office of Information Technology on the deal.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
The head of the Mayor's Office of Information Technology has been placed on paid leave indefinitely as Baltimore's inspector general investigates allegations that the department made payments to contractual employees for work they may not have performed, city officials confirmed Tuesday. Chris Tonjes, the mayor's chief of information technology, was ordered Monday to take administrative leave for the duration of the investigation, said Kevin Harris, a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
The head of the Mayor's Office of Information Technology has been placed on paid leave indefinitely as Baltimore's inspector general investigates allegations that the department made payments to contractual employees for work they may not have performed, city officials confirmed Tuesday. Chris Tonjes, the mayor's chief of information technology, was ordered Monday to take administrative leave for the duration of the investigation, said Kevin Harris, a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
Anne Arundel County government officials say the days of delays are gone for employees opening and responding to email messages. More than 6,000 county government email addresses were switched this month from an old system called GroupWise to a Google-based system. The old system was slow and problematic, county officials say. It was shut down for a weekend in June so information technology workers could fix problems after employees endured a week of receiving delayed messages - or no messages at all. "It was definitely on its last legs," said Rick Durkee, the county's chief information officer.
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Erica L. Green | May 29, 2013
Jerome Oberlton, the former chief information officer for the Baltimore City school system whose office renovation and credit card expenditures came under fire in the months before he left his post to work in the Dallas school district, is expected to face a federal indictment, according to the Dallas Morning News. The Morning News reported this week that Oberlton resigned as chief of staff for the Dallas Independent School District, telling the district's Superintendent Mike Miles that he expected to face a federal indictment for activity he conducted when he worked for the Atlanta Public Schools.
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April 15, 2013
Dr. Christopher Dela Rosa has been appointed as chief information officer at Harford Community College. In this position, Dela Rosa will continue to provide leadership to staff and manage the day-to-day operations of Computing and Technology Services. Dela Rosa had been serving as interim vice president for information technology at Harford Community College since January. He served previously as associate vice president for information technology, director for information technology operations and manager of technology operations at Harford Community College.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2012
Baltimore officials plan Wednesday to extend the contract of two firms that provide many of the city's information technology workers, saying they need more time before allowing other companies to compete for the work. Under the terms of a $2.4 million deal, Digicon Corp. will continue to provide the Mayor's Office of Information Technology with staffers for an additional six months. The administration also is moving to extend the contract of another IT staffing firm, Telecommunication Systems Inc., for $2.7 million over six months.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2012
The financial disclosure forms filled out by about 1,900 city employees will be entered into an online searchable database, the city's new Chief Information Officer told the city's ethics board Tuesday. "It's a really easy project," said Chris Tonjes, who heads the Mayor's Information Technology Office. Tonjes told board members he planned to appoint a project manager, who will create an online filing system likely for the next round of ethics forms. The deadline for elected officials and many city employees to fill out the form is April 30. At the ethics board's monthly meeting Wednesday, Tonjes asked Avery Aisenstark, the executive director of the ethics board, how many employees are required to fill out the forms.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2012
Baltimore officials plan Wednesday to extend the contract of two firms that provide many of the city's information technology workers, saying they need more time before allowing other companies to compete for the work. Under the terms of a $2.4 million deal, Digicon Corp. will continue to provide the Mayor's Office of Information Technology with staffers for an additional six months. The administration also is moving to extend the contract of another IT staffing firm, Telecommunication Systems Inc., for $2.7 million over six months.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | July 6, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Friday the hiring of a new chief technology officer to replace the official who resigned amid ethics concerns in February. Chris Tonjes, the chief information officer for the District of Columbia Public Library, was chosen after a national search, the mayor's office said. He will start work July 23 in Baltimore. "We are excited to announce the appointment of a qualified and forward-thinking individual to oversee an increasingly important government agency," Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2012
Baltimore is wasting about $400,000 every month it does not install a new phone system, a lawyer for Comptroller Joan M. Pratt argued in court Thursday. But the mayor's lawyers argued that Pratt has no legal right to sue the city because she is a city officer. Pratt and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake have been sparring for months over who should upgrade the city's phone system, leading to a war of words, an investigation by the city's inspector general and now a court battle. "The city is throwing money down the drain," said Pratt's attorney, Charles G. Bernstein, a former city judge who works for Orioles owner Peter Angelos' law firm.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2012
Three months after top city officials rejected a contract to install a new municipal telephone system, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's chief information officer and Comptroller Joan M. Pratt met Thursday to talk about what to do next. The administration proposed a memorandum of understanding between the two feuding offices that would create a new commission to oversee the city's phone system, which has been the subject of heated debate. The memorandum proposes creating a 12-member "Communications Governance Committee" - with three members who report to Pratt and nine who work for the mayor - that would oversee the phone system, which city officials have been trying to convert to Voice over Internet Protocol technology.
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