Linn County Technology Director Chris Martin gives visitors a tour of the main computer server room at the Linn County Justice Center. Martin and his workers did most of the wiring for the computers and monitors in the high-tech facility. (Roger Sims, Linn County Journal)
MOUND CITY – After a ten minute executive session on Monday, August 1, the Linn County Commissioners voted to give a one-time payment to Information Technology Director Chris Martin of $5,000. His current salary is about $74,000.
Commissioner Rick James explained that Martin had saved them a lot of money from the time he had started working there and all the technology work that he had put in the new Justice Center.
James said that Martin had saved the county over $200,000 when he started by getting rid of the old server system. During the last 18 months he saved the county more than $132,000 by installing all of the communication systems in the new justice center.
“He has really done a great service to our county and I am really proud of the work he has done and his employee as well,” said James.
James said that Martin was hired as a salaried employee, and he works on weekends when necessary. He added that Martin does a lot of jobs that people do not even realize, including making sure the election technology is working for this week’s election.