Technology & Engineering
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)
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.