I haven’t had the time to post about this before today, but I am very happy to report that the LA County Board of Supervisors adopted a GIS classification series for the County!
For the first time the County has a career path for staff doing GIS, and will recognize GIS related degrees when hiring for GIS positions! A recent survey indicated that the County has close to 200 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions doing GIS, and invests over $20 million per year in this technology. These positions will help us recruit and retain the best mapping and geographic personnel, and keep the County as a leader in geospatial technologies.
Note: At this point only the position and salary ranges are available – we will be publishing a complete list of both the salaries as well as the necessary qualifications when they are finalized in the next few weeks.
- Extract of the Board Statement of Proceedings. Item 16 included the new GIS classifications.
- A copy of the Adopted Board Motion. The list of new GIS items is in Attachment A.
This has been a long process, and would not have been possible without the contributions of a group of extremely dedicated experts that have made this day possible. Many many people have helped get this through, but I wanted to acknowledge some key individuals.
- Susan Curran (CEO) - who is the County expert on all classifications, and whose tireless efforts and great humor (and patience with my exuberance) made this process smooth.
- Steve Masterson (CEO) - who has supported this effort from the beginning and been a great advocate.
- Sandra Comrie (Reward Strategy) – the consultant who did the heavy lifting to review the reams of information that we provided to her and converted them into real classifications.
- Richard Sanchez (CIO) – sent the initial letter to the CEO requesting this effort, which will pay dividends for many years.
- Our eGIS Positions Subcommittee – all of these folks came together and provided real leadership and advocacy to complete this – and are being rewarded for 3 years of patience!
- Nick Franchino (DRP) - Nick got this ball rolling 3 years ago when he approached our CEO, Bill Fujioka, at GIS Day and convinced him of the importance of new GIS classifications.
- Vandana Joshi (DMH) - provided perspective of the use of GIS from a public policy and social science angle.
- Marianne Jeffers/Jeff Wingate (DPW) - supported this effort tirelessly and gave great advice on the use of GIS and the desperate need for these classifications within DPW.
- Kenneth Bennett (RRCC) - provided expert advice and was a great advocate
- Alfie Blanch/Ed Lamas/Tim Smith (Fire) - helped push this along and provided great advice.
- Emilio Solano (Assessor) - provided excellent input.