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April 9, 2013

County postpones action on software for sheriff’s office

 

By JUDY SHERIDAN

A recommendation from the purchasing office to go with SunGard as the supplier of new software for the Parker County Sheriff’s Office will be presented again next month, according to unanimous action taken by Parker County commissioners Monday.

The motion, made by County Judge Mark Riley, specifies that the follow-up proposal include more information, including a financial breakout and contract and financing recommendations, as well as a time line for implementation.

“I’m not interested in awarding today,” Riley said, saying there was time for the court to ask questions. “There’s a lot of money in there. We need to figure out how we’ll [budget for that] ... and put all the pieces together.” 

Commissioners awarded a contract for new judicial software to Tyler Technologies in December, voting to lease rather than purchase the Legacy upgrade called Odyssey.

The estimated cost to the county for software as a service was estimated at $3.1 million, with $1.1 million for implementation and about $396,000 per year for the next five years.

The sheriff’s office however, expressed dissatisfaction with their current law enforcement software from Tyler and said they wanted to consider other options.

The decision prompted the county to solicit proposals for the Integrated Computer Aided Dispatch, Mobile Data Computer and Law Enforcement/Fire Records Management System.

Four companies responded, purchasing agent Deena Nichols told the court Monday, with proposals ranging from $556,000 to $1,249,000. The proposal from the recommended vendor, SunGard, is between the low and high bids.

Nichols said SunGard was the pick of a review committee comprised of representatives from the sheriff’s office, fire marshal’s office, IT office, attorney’s office, auditor’s office and purchasing office.

“There were quite a few differences in the functionalities of the software, she said, “and that’s why we had to do a very extensive review of those functionalities and the associated costs to determine the best value for the county.”

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