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.

Mr. Videtto enlisted in the US Army in 1987, serving  in the Marines, US Army and Army Reserve. He attended Missouri State – Northwest and the Quantico Naval Intelligence Academy at Dam Neck, Va.  He holds multiple government clearances and certifications, and has received post-9/11 clearance by multiple state and federal enforcement agencies.

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.

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 currently training to become the city’s Certified Flood Plain Manager and is scheduled to take his national flood plain engineering boards in March 2013.  He is also in training for National Incident Management and various other courses offered by Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.

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 project to convert both to digital format.

Prior to his acceptance of this position, his company, Arkansas IS, supported multiple municipalities, courts and corporate organizations.  He worked with Wal-Mart 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,  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.   His year 2012 savings, grants and donations for the city of Lincoln were as follows:

FY 2012:

  • Beta rollout of VoIP lines to Public Library, City Hall and Water Departments 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 $15,000 and labor was done over Thanksgiving without cost to the city. No matching costs 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 grants 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.