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6 Investigatives Follows-Up: Meet the City’s new (interim) IT director

You may recognize the city’s new interim IT Director. He was part of the news cycle late last year, as the city struggled to get a handle of some pretty big utility billing problems.

His name is Peter Collins, the $192,000 consultant the city brought in to solve the problems. Now, Collins is interim City Manager Keith Selman’s choice to stand in as the IT Director.  6 Investigates confirmed the position opened when former IT Director Belinda Mercado resigned in January.

His compensation is unchanged – he will be paid under his existing, council-approved, contract with the city.

The city called in Collins, a former City of Austin employee, to address failings within the city’s enterprise platform, “Infor,” the multi-million-dollar system that 6 Investigates highlighted last year as part of a larger look at the city’s utility billing system woes.

Collins’ work resolving those problems – and getting the utility billing system on more solid footing – is a key reason city leaders agreed to bring him on in an interim capacity.

A city official confirms that the power to make such a decision is within the city manager’s power and a city councilman familiar with Collins’ work says he’s comfortable with that decision.

“Peter (Collins) has done a very good job resolving the billing issue, which covered multiple platforms in it … I’ve been very impressed with (his) technical ability,”  Councilman Greg Smith says.

No word, yet, on when the city will look to hire a permanent IT Director and if Collins will be a candidate.

Collins says “he’s just focused on the task at hand” and hasn’t really considered whether he would be interested in the permanent role.

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