Technology & Engineering

Al Videtto

Al Videtto

Al Videtto
Technology & Engineering
Lincoln, AR

Al Videtto is the Director of Technology and Engineering for the City of Lincoln.

He enlisted in the US Army in 1987 and also served in the Army Reserve. He attended Missouri State – Northwest and ROTC while in the Army Reserve. After serving in the Army, he re-enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended the Quantico Naval Intelligence Academy at Dam Neck, Virgina. While in the military he served in the fields of administration, intelligence, reconnaissance, heavy and special weapons and technology. He is an expert in the fields of networking, telephony, computer science, forensic research, physical and electronic security, satellite communications, project management, server and end-user system design.

He holds multiple government clearances and certifications and has received post-9/11 clearance by multiple state and federal enforcement agencies. He is currently studying computer forensics and advanced networking.

Al left the service and settled in Arkansas in 1996.  In 2001 he was hired as a part time information technology consultant for the City of Lincoln and later acquired a part time staff position. In 2012 he was promoted to the newly-formed technology and engineering department as its director.

His industry-specific specializations include municipal, corporate and SMB support. He is also the city’s flood plain manager and attended the National Flood Plain Course (NFIP) in Emmitsburg, Maryland . He is also in training for National Incident Management and various other courses offered by Department of Homeland Security and FEMA. He completed the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Defense Initiative at the University of Arkansas’s Criminal Justice Institute (Cyber Terrorism Defense Analysis Center).  Al works with regional planning, FEMA, Arkansas DIS and other state and federal organizations in his daily administration of duties for the City of Lincoln.

As a representative of the city, Al has served on the board of directors of Kiwanis International Lincoln chapter, AFMA ( Arkansas Floodplain Management Association) board of directors as their communication chair and technical director, and in 2015 was elected provisional vice president of the new ISACA chapter of Fayetteville, Arkansas (northwest Arkansas) and served as a member of the formation committee for the chapter. He is also a member of ARWA (Arkansas Rural Water) and several other professional organizations.

Al also serves on multiple additional teams within the city. He works closely as an advisor with the grants, police, fire, court, water and library departments. His other duties include supporting cartography, City of Lincoln archives and the projects to convert both to digital format. In 2015 he completed digitally archiving all maps from 1906 to present.

Prior to his acceptance of this position, his company, Arkansas IS, supported multiple municipalities, courts and corporate organizations. He worked with Walmart as a systems engineer, at Arkansas Crime and Information Center in Little Rock as a senior engineer and programmer, at Voice Products as a telephony and digital security engineer. He has also been a national team lead and project manager for Verizon, IBM, HP, Dell, Cisco, Apple, SUN, AT&T, Chase, Morgan Stanley – Smith Barney and Tyson Foods.

Upon appointment to his position at the city, he implemented many cost saving procedures including his Technology Standardization Project which comprises three parts: digital archives, information technology standardization and the telephony standardization project. He continues to work closely with the mayor, council and grants administrator to cut costs through the implementation of technology and works with the grants administrator to facilitate the technical side of the grants process as a member of her team.

Projects (Past and Current)

  • Beta rollout of VoIP lines to public library, city hall and water department at no cost to the city (supplied by Cox Communications) giving the city a savings of $150/mo. per line, not including long distance charge for a total 1-year beta project savings of $5,400.
  • Facilitated the donation by Cox Cable of Services an infrastructure cable upgrade (1 city block of new buried cable), digital equipment and networking equipment. Estimated donation of $15,000 and labor was done over Thanksgiving without cost to the city. No matching costs were requested.
  • Police Mobile Hotspots: Facilitated Verizon equipment donation, $3,990
  • Assisted in the Police Mobile Office (Police Grant 2012), working with the grants administrator to procure grant funds to put laptops and hotspots in every police vehicle.
  • Cellular service audit and standardization – changed service providers and implemented standardized procedures: a $600 per month average savings on the city’s cellular bill while expanding coverage to all full time employees and providing all managers and directors with internet access.
  • The technology department was pleased to announce at the February council meeting that the total projected combined technology savings for the telephony standardization project will reach $353,385 across the next five years. This savings will affect all city departments.
  • With a $15,000 grant from Cox LLC for the Lincoln Public Library, in partnership with the grants administrator, the new library was expanded to implement several new programs including children’s intermediate computers.
  • Downtown wireless project: The city maintains a wireless connection on the library, square and other downtown locations which is open and free to use by the public.
  • Lincoln Lake has a wireless network which is another free public Wi-Fi network open to the public for use. It covers the majority of the lake area and is open to all who use the park area, including access on the south side of the lake and many of the trails.

2016 Projects

The technology department is working to implement a new language center in the public library, supporting the learning of 10 languages.  The library director will launch the program the first of the year.

Archiving city ordinances, codes and proceedings will finish up and be an ongoing project. This will eliminate the need to do an FOI request to view city council ordinances and other activities by the city. The current archives, while incomplete, feature the entire municipal code, and ordinances from 1913 through 2015. These will continue to be expanded until the archives are complete.