Former Lodi mayor Steve Mann leaving city job for county [Lodi News-Sentinel, Calif. :: ]
(Lodi News-Sentinel (CA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) June 23--Steve Mann is returning is returning to San Joaquin County's information services department next month after 12 years with the City of Lodi.
Mann is the city's information services manager, and will be leaving July 3 for a similar position with the county. His first day there will be July 14.
"(San Joaquin County) is a world-class organization with very smart people there," Mann said. "It's an honor and pleasure to join the ranks again."
Prior to joining the city's staff, Mann was a database administrator for the county's juvenile justice system.
He currently oversees and maintains all the city's technology and network systems.
Mann will see his salary increase from about $90,000 here in Lodi to just shy of $110,000 at the county. He said he will most likely over see about 20 county employees, a significant increase over the six staffers he currently manages.
While he said the county was a world-class organization, he has loved working for Lodi.
"The city is a great place to work," he said. "There are a lot of dedicated and hard working people here."
Mann said when he first came on board in 2002, every city department had its own information technology specialist. He said he is proud to have helped the city consolidate those specialists into one department.
Since his hiring, he said it has been exciting to see how technology and systems infrastructures have changed so rapidly over the years. But it has also been challenging keeping up with all the security risks to the city's network it continually faces.
One of those challenges, he noted, has been malware, a malicious software that commonly infects computers in the home and at work. Mann said you can unknowingly download malware on the most innocent and popular websites at times.
"We have to stay on our toes to protect our (information systems) environment," he said. "There's a constant change in that environment and the evolution of network systems. The challenge is to stay abreast of those changes and adapt the city to them."
Other accomplishments he's been proud of include "virtualizing" the city's servers -- or putting 30 different servers from various departments on one machine -- or upgrading the city's email exchange system.
"We've done a good job building a division well-suited to serving every corner of the city when it comes to information services and data," he said.
Mann attended San Joaquin Delta College and received a bachelor's degree in management at St. Mary's College in Moraga. He received a master's in business from National University in Stockton as well.
Mann also served on the Lodi City Council in the 1990s, serving as mayor in 1995 and 2000.
Deputy City Manager Jordan Ayers said staff will be reviewing the job specifications for Mann's position in the coming weeks. He added a job announcement will be posted soon to find his replacement.
"Steve has done a great job at keeping us current and out of danger in the IT world," Ayers said. "I hate to see him go, but it's a great opportunity for him and I wish him the best."
Mann is the fifth staffer to leave the city's employ this year. Former city manager Rad Bartlam left for Chino Hills in January, and former business development director Rob Lechner left for Sacramento Municipal Utilities District in February.
Deputy Public Works Director Larry Parlin left for Modesto in April, and City Clerk Randi Johl-Oslon leaves for Temecula at the end of the month.
Mann said he will continue to live in Lodi.
"The city is a great place, and I'm leaving with mixed emotions," Mann said. "Whoever follows me will inherit a great crew and a great city family. I'm leaving them in good hands."
Contact reporter Wes Bowers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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