Striving for efficiency; WF city council passes ordinances for new work order system

Striving for efficiency; WF city council passes ordinances for new work order system

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - City officials are making efficiency a top priority.
    "We are continuing to work more efficiently with the citizens out there," Darron Leiker, the City Manager of Wichita Falls, said. "That will result, hopefully, in being able to do this work at a lower cost and be able to do more of the work."
That is why council passed two items Tuesday for just under $128,000 switching the way work orders are done from paper to an automated electronic process.
It is something something Russell Schreiber, Director of Public Works, believes was essential.
    "We have got to get away from our old work order system," Schreiber said. It is almost useless to try to use it for tracking purposes and for capital improvement projects. It is very hard to utilize."
Officials are confident the roll out of the system will be a smooth transition since the city has worked with this group, NewEdge Services, before.
    "They have already done implementation work for us," Schreiber said. "We have this work order system in a couple smaller divisions of public works. It works great. We have a lot of great expectations for it across the remainder of public works."
Leicker said these decisions are being made to better serve the citizens of Wichita Falls.
    "One of our priorities as a city council is that they want us to figure out ways to work smarter," Leiker said. "Using technology is just one way to do that. As we become more efficient in the work process, that means we can do more work with less resources. But it will also mean that we get to things quicker."
Schreiber said part of this ordinance includes training city employees on how to access the system, how the information is stored and how to compile it for future reference.

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