Island Lake hires part-time employee to oversee village hall computer services

Updated 8/23/2013 7:50 PM

Island Lake trustees have hired a part-time employee to oversee computer services at village hall.

George Muligano, a longtime Island Lake resident with professional experience in the information-technology field, got a six-month contract for the job during Thursday night's village board meeting.


He'll work about 10 hours a week and be paid $55 an hour, officials said.

Muligano owns a company called GTM Tech, but the board opted to hire him outright rather than to deal with the firm. Muligano has done computer work for the village before, Trustee Mark Beeson told the Daily Herald.

"He has a history with the village," Beeson said.

Muligano replaces a Volo company called Ryden Solutions.

"The IT company we have just isn't cutting the bill," Beeson said. "We're just not happy."

Ryden was hired in May after officials fired the previous vendor, Kodiak Technology Group.

Kodiak is owned by Daniel Field, an Island Lake resident who campaigned against Mayor Charles Amrich's slate ahead of the April election and repeatedly tried to have Amrich removed from the ballot.

The two men who comprise the Ryden staff had worked on the village's computer system as subcontractors working through Kodiak before Ryden got the job in May.

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That connection drew concerns from some trustees earlier this year.

A committee considered at least six applicants for the job, Beeson said. Most proposed much higher fees than Muligano, he said.

Amrich was happy with the choice.

"He was highly recommended, and he'll fill our needs," he said.

Trustees Shannon Fox and Thea Morris voted against hiring Muligano. The other four trustees backed him.

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