June 2015

2016 Annual Conference

Don’t miss our
2016 Conference
May 2nd - 6th 
in San Antonio.

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
-John Quincy Adams 

User Groups

Local user groups extend the benefits of TAGITM membership, increase our knowledge base, and build lasting friendships. Join or start one today! For more information on user groups in your area contact 
Tim Nolan at  

Current list of user groups

News Feed Provides Easy Access to Tech News

The TAGITM home page has several technology news feeds on the latest in technology news. Visit www.tagitm.org to find the latest technology stories to help stay current with breaking stories. If you know of a great news feed we can incorporate into the website, please let us know by emailing info@tagitm.org




In this Issue

President's Letter

Welcome to a new TAGITM year! I hope those who were able to make it to the Conference got as much out of it as I did. Although the weather made for a couple of tense moments, even the fishing tournament was able to take place as scheduled. Looking back over the past year, TAG has much to be proud of, and to celebrate. We had the largest attendance ever at the Conference, a 22% increase in government attendees over 2014. Our membership retention rate from 2014 to 2015 was 97.74%. These are great accomplishments and speak to the value that our members bring to the organization. In the coming year the Board will be looking at positioning TAG to bring the most value to the members, strengthening the organization financially and setting a strategy to ensure our continued success. We will hold a Strategic Planning Retreat June 15-16 to discuss these and other issues and, if warranted, make some adjustments to our long range plan. It is an honor to serve as the 2015-2016 TAGITM President. Please feel free to contact me or any member of the Board at any time with concerns, questions or ideas for our TAGITM.

 I am pleased to announce the 2015-2016 TAGITM Board of Directors:





Ben Roper

City of College Station

Vice President

Beth Ann Unger

City of Arlington


Mike Sturm

City of San Marcos

Past President

Tony Tull

City of Granbury

TML Affiliate Rep.

Belinda Mercado

City of Corpus Christi

Education Committee Chair

Sharron Camarillo

Hill County

Communication Committee Chair

Phyllis Wolfe

City of Benbrook

Industry Advisory Committee Chair

Chris Peikert

Matagorda County

Membership Committee Chair

Tim Nolan

Collin County

Conference Committee Chair

William Pham

The Woodlands Township

It is a pleasure to serve with people so dedicated to TAGITM and to government IT. 

Ben Roper

If you want to get involved in TAGITM, please contact the committee chair or info@tagtim.org. Volunteers are needed!!

Public Sector CIOs and IT Directors face increasing challenges and responsibilities in the era of new governance. As the lines between traditional functional services and departments begin to blur, IT leadership is charged with 1) managing the constantly expanding role for IT within government, 2) protecting government against ever-increasing security threats, and 3) keeping up with the feverish pace of new technology. To help our members excel in this ever changing environment TAGITM leadership partnered with the University of North Carolina in 2009 to begin offering the National Certified Government Chief Information Officer Certification in Texas.  

The CGCIO™ Certification Program provided by The Center for Public Technology (CPT) at the University of North Carolina's School of Government provides a twelve-month course that lays the foundation for assessing and addressing some of the most critical issues facing IT leadership in the public sector.  To date, dozens of TAGITM members have successfully graduated from this valuable program.

Registration for the 2015-16 Program was opened earlier this year to coincide with the local government budget cycle.  The cost of the program is $3,500 and begins October 2015.  Visit the UNC School of Government or contact Shannon Tufts, PhD. at tufts@sog.unc.edu or 919-962-5438 with any questions.

Education Committee Update

The Education Committee would like to thank all of the Agency/Affiliate members and Keynote Speakers who made presentations during the TAGITM 2015 Charting the Course Conference.   Great job everyone.  It’s not too early to start contemplating presentation ideas for the 2016 conference.  While you are working on those awesome new technology or management projects during the year, remember how your experiences could benefit the TAGITM family.

At the conference we were educated on multiple fronts:  technical, management, tactical, and motivational. However, education shouldn’t stop at the conference.  The TAGITM Listserv is a great tool for education so keep engaged.  Also, the Regional meetings give you the face to face engagement and allow you to exchange ideas and learn from each other’s experience.  In an effort to provide ongoing education, TAGITM will host a series of webinars during the year that focus on input received via the survey tool.  The first webinar will be on the Security Threat Landscape and is schedule for June 18th.  This topic of security always rises to the top on the survey feedback received by the Education Committee.  A flyer will be sent out in the near future with the confirmed time and general information on the webinar.   We look forward to your attendance and participation.  

I want to thank the 2014-2015 Education Committee for all their diligence, dedication, and hard work on the Education sessions at the 2015 TAGITM Conference. Great Job!!

– Sharon Camarillo, Hill County, Education Chair

Please note the presentations from the conference are available on our website.

2015 TAGITM Annual Awards

Congratulations to the following 2015 TAGITM Award Recipients:

2015 President’s Award
Sharlett Chowning, City of Midland

2015 Rick Moore Award
Caren Skipworth 

2015 Rising Star Award
James Lewis, City of Rosenberg

2015 Excellence Awards 
BudgetCents Simulator, City of Schertz
Automated Fire Station Alerting, City of Cedar Park
Regional Public Safety Data Exchange and Communication, City of Boerne


Organization in The Spotlight

Organization Name: Lubbock County Information Technology

Population: 292,324

Number of IT Workers in the Organization: 17

Significant Technology Achievements: 

Migration from VMWare 4.1-5.5
Video Visitation program at Lubbock County Detention Center
Migration from analog phones to VOIP phones
Mobile Operations Vehicle (MOV)
TAGITM Excellence Award 2011-Video Visitation Project
TAGITM Excellence Award 2012-Regional Mobile Command
Public Technology Institute 2011/2012 Solutions Award Significant Achievement-Command and Emergency Management Interoperable Communications

Plans for Future Technology Initiatives: 

Upgrade core infrastructure 

Most Challenging Project: 
Switch to VOIP Phone System
Body Cameras on Patrol Officers


Most Rewarding Project: 
Conversion of physical servers to virtual servers

What is Most Valuable About Being a TAGITM Member: 
Sharing information among peers
Access to multiple vendors for consultation
Making friends and networking

ListServ Update! 

Listserv Update! According to our surveys, the most valuable tool we provide our Agency members has been the email listserv. In recent years, we have been asked if we could upgrade it for an even better resource. Your Board of Directors approved the change, and now the listserv will be a web-based searchable archived platform.  We hope this change brings a new level of collaboration and peer support to our membership. You can join the new listserv by sending an email to: TAGITM-request@LISTSERV.TAGITM.ORG 

Save the Date for the 2016 Annual TAGITM Education Conference!

May 2-6, 2016
Westin Riverwalk Hotel
San Antonio, TX

Texas Association of Governmental Information Technology Managers
P. O. Box 200363, Austin, Texas 78720