City, others struggle to attract, retain IT personnel

Cletis Webb, an information systems support specialist with the city, inspects a laptop located in a Jefferson City Police Department vehicle. Not only are they responsible for the desktop computers used by city employees, but the iPads used by council members and the portables in police vehicles.

Cletis Webb, an information systems support specialist with the city, inspects a laptop located in a Jefferson City Police Department vehicle. Not only are they responsible for the desktop computers used by city employees, but the iPads used by council members and the portables in police vehicles. Photo by Julie Smith.

It’s a world of high tech gadgets and seemingly every office runs off a computer network, leaving one particular profession more in demand than ever: information technology.

Jefferson City officials have said attracting, and keeping, IT personnel is one of the most difficult employment tasks they have. The local pool of talent is shrinking, and both government entities and businesses are forced to recruit personnel from each other.

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