More on Mark Moses

On June 29, the City Council voted on a six-year, $1.1 million no-bid contract with Innoprise Software Inc. to overhaul some of the city’s antiquated computer systems.

One week later, on July 6, CFO Mark Moses sent an e-mail to his department (this is all of the message I received. If there is more I do not have it):

I apologize for delivering this message via email, but it is the best way to ensure that everyone in our department receives this information directly from me.

I will be leaving the City, possibly as soon as the end of this month.  This decision is one that I struggled with for the past few weeks, and is in no way reflective of my assessment of the future prospects for the City.  In fact, it is somewhat awkward that I am leaving at a time in which there is great promise of stable leadership and positive change for the organization.  My decision to leave is based on a professional opportunity that will allow me to return to work that I have enjoyed greatly in the past.

I will miss this department.  For those of you who were around in 2004, we have seen our functions attain greater visibility and contribute to the organization at a higher level.  My hope is that this will continue, because the organization will need the strong support of this department to be successful in the future.

I have learned valuable lessons here over the past several years, and I hope I have left you with something of value.

Thanks to all of you for your dedication and loyalty to our department, the city organization and those to whom we provide services.

Moses said yesterday he had decided weeks earlier to take a job with Innoprise, after months working with other city officials to review its proposed software overhaul at City Hall. He said he did not believe he had a conflict of interest because he was not directly negotiating the company’s proposed contract.

At a City Council meeting on Tuesday, Mayor Ann Johnston presented Moses with a plaque thanking him for his service and wished him well on his “new adventures.”

Here is the May 25 City Council study sessionin which Mark Moses discusses (skip ahead to about 50:00 mark) the prospects of Innoprise doing some system overhauls (he does not name Innoprise, but he and other department heads citywide had already chosen to work with the company about a week earlier, he said in an interview).

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