The Information and Technology Committee of the Livingston County Board received several updates from Jon Sear, the county’s network and computer systems administrator, at its Tuesday meeting. Sear’s report included information on phone system upgrades, a couple of security concerns and the status of the Spillman System, an intergovernmental law enforcement system that connects 911 dispatch with all of the police agencies in the county.
    Regarding security, Sear said that there had been complaints at the Law and Justice Center about who had access to certain offices and when.
    “A couple of times over the past few months, someone from another office had been waiting inside (the Livingston State’s Attorney’s office) before they got there,” he said. “Someone from the clerk’s office was in there, standing there, waiting for them to get there, so that has changed.”
    Sear noted that this occurred before 8 a.m., the opening hour of operations at the Law and Justice Center.
    “Originally, the way the building was set up, all the managers, their second-in-commands, the higher-ups could get into all the office. At least with the state’s attorney, that’s been changed,” he said, adding only anyone in the state’s attorney’s office, security and himself would have access outside business hours going forward.
    County Board Executive Director Alina Hartley expressed that she had believed that managers or assistants having sole access to his or her own office was already the case. Sear replied that, while previously discussed, that policy had not yet been universally implemented, with the recent exception of the state’s attorney’s office.
    “It should have been fixed a long time ago, but it’s fixed now,” he said.
    An unrelated security issue Sear included in his report concerned theft from a downtown retail business.
    “On April 20, right as I was leaving work, there were two girls on the steps of the west side of the building, and I come to find out that they had stolen merchandise from Once & Again and decided to come over here on our steps to open them and break off the ink tags,” he said. “So if you look at the steps, that’s what that is.”
    The network and computer systems administrator said he reported it to the police and that two junior high school students were caught within an hour.
     Sear reported to the committee that upgrading the Frontier phone system had kept him busy.
    “The majority of the month, I’ve been working on the phone system upgrade,” he said. “We’re almost ready to start on the sheriff’s department, to get stuff put in and I’m working on the wiring in the server room at the moment: cleaning it up and putting in replacement switches.
    “Originally, my plan there was to have a separate network just for phones, but with the wiring in that building, it’s almost impossible to do, so we’re going to feed the network through the phones and then through the desktops.”
    On the Spillman system, which at last month’s committee meeting was reported to be five patches behind, Sear said that the software was by now finally caught up.