2012-08-31 / In the News

Scarborough welcomes new IT director

By B. Michael Thurlow
Special contributor

The Town of Scarborough welcomed new Information Technology Services Director Jennifer Nitchman with a reception on her first day on the job July 16.

Nitchman lives in Scarborough with her husband and daughter.

Most recently, she served as the senior vice president, director of technology and information services for Saco & Biddeford Savings. During her nearly 10-year tenure, Nitchman developed the project management process for the bank and oversaw the information technology department, including network operations and infrastructure, the core system and peripheral applications, item processing, statement rendering and distribution and system research. She was also the bank’s information security officer, chaired the information security team and served on the Risk Management, Strategic Planning, and Marketing committees.

Prior to Saco & Biddeford Savings, Nitchman held various IT positions for Kennebunk Savings Bank, the State of Maine, and the Clareon Corporation. She also lived and worked in Washington, DC for nearly 10 years, when she served as a lobbyist, political action committee director and member services executive for several national and global trade associations.

Nitchman grew up in Bar Harbor and graduated from Mount Desert Island High School and Colby College and attended the Institute for European Studies in Vienna, Austria. She earned her Project Management Certification from the University of Southern Maine and is a high honors graduate of the National Graduate School of Banking at Fairfield University.

Currently, Nitchman is a member of the Board of Directors for the Velocity Soccer Club and also serves as the group’s web master.

As Scarborough’s IT director. Nitchman manages the Information Systems Department that was formed in May 1996 through the cooperative efforts of the Town Council and Board of Education. The municipal’s Information Services Department and the school’s Computer Technology Department were combined into one department to meet the ever-increasing technology needs of the Town of Scarborough in a cost-effective manner.

This consolidation has led to a single combined staff of specialists that can better serve the technology needs of the town and schools. Scarborough’s IT Department is now responsible for servicing all town and school employees and 3,300 students at 17 locations, managing the network infrastructure, hardware, software and peripherals in a shared services model.

Nitchman has had a busy first few weeks getting to know the department heads and her coworkers and analyzing the current IT program activities and projects currently underway.

She is experienced, energetic, responsive, and I’m confident that she will provide excellent leadership to the outstanding individuals that keep the school and municipal computer networks operating, helping everyone in municipal government be more productive.

If you have any questions about the Information Technology Department you can contact Nitchman at jnitchman@ci.scarborough.me.us or 730-4071. B. Michael Thurlow is fire chief for Scarborough.

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