The award honors the government agency information technology professional who exemplifies the qualities, skills, and leadership necessary to provide local government with current, effective IT solutions to support its citizens and employees.
The award this year was given to an individual who has spent much of his career working to better the technology endeavors of local a government not only in his home county, Crawford, but also throughout the State of Michigan.
Jim's nomination was put forward by an employee working for the court system in Crawford County. She cited multiple examples of his leadership, some of which are: working tirelessly to support County employees during COVID-19 quarantines; guiding a major software conversion that underpins law enforcement in the county (including converting records going back to 1994); serving as a LEIN TAC for the Sheriff's Office; and assisting with the 46th Circuit Court's migration to the WebTCS platform.
An excerpt from the nomination submission states: "Beyond the support Jim has provided to the courts and county, I want to particularly note the inspiration eh provides to all those around him. Jim is a leader in the IT industry with his work ethic and the relationships he has built and established with all the other IT connections that will leave the county in good hands when he decides to retire. We all hope that Jim will never retire, but everyone deserves retirement at some point in time. That is just an example of the legacy Jim has established here in Crawford County with his passion, knowledge, and leadership Jim has for IT."
In light of both his work and his leadership, Mi-GMIS was proud to recognize Jim's contributions by giving him the 2022 IT Professional Award.