Batavia resident accepts Genesee County facts engineering director posture right after very long occupation at RIT

michael_burns_1.jpgIf the using the services of of longtime Batavian Michael Burns as Genesee County’s new facts technology director turns out as effectively as the hiring of Steve Zimmer did a dozen decades back, County Supervisor Matt Landers and his employees will be delighted.

Burns, the supervisor of shopper solutions at Rochester Institute of Engineering since December 1998, has been selected to replace Zimmer, who will be retiring from his whole-time situation on Might 7.  Burns (picture at suitable) is scheduled to join the county workforce on Might 24,

“Steve came to us 12 many years in the past after 12 a long time at the College of Rochester and did an superb career,” Landers stated now. “Michael is coming to us from RIT following a lengthy career and we’re searching for additional of the similar.”

Burns, a 1984 Batavia Significant School graduate, coordinates the activities and function assignments of the National Specialized Institute for the Deaf Client Solutions team that is composed of 12 complete-time employees, two coop college students and 8 to 10 student personnel for each quarter.

Client Companies maintains somewhere around 500 pcs in far more than 60 NTID classroom/lab areas, and coordinates NTID interoffice mail services, term processing, duplicating, course notes scanning and the NTID Assist Desk.

Other duties of the office contain inventory maintenance, secure disposal of products, special celebration assist initially amount technological response, re-distribution of devices and the investigation/implementation of new technological know-how.

Contacted by phone right now, Burns stated now is the fantastic time for him to examine a new opportunity.

“I often assumed that when I grew to become retirement-qualified from RIT that I would want to look close to,” Burns claimed. “Genesee County popped up on the radar and the additional I appeared into this position, the much more psyched I grew to become about essentially doing the job in my have community – doing the job wherever what I do affects my neighbors, the Genesee County community – and it influences my life as effectively.”

A Williamsville indigenous, Burns’ family members moved to Batavia when he was in the fourth quality.

“My dad, John X. Burns, labored for Genesee Local community Higher education and, ironically, I will be performing at County Creating 2, where by my father was operating when he labored for GCC,” he reported.

Though at Batavia Superior, Burns was in the faculty band and performed tennis for a yr.

“I was in no way notably great at athletics – I was a geek,” he made available.

Soon after graduating from large faculty, he earned an associate’s degree from Alfred State in advance of relocating to Virginia, in which he was the senior designer for Newport News (Va.) Shipbuilding, specializing in electrical power and lighting panel design for nuclear-powered plane carriers.

He returned to this space in 1995, getting to be complex director for the Faculty of the Arts, which is part of the Rochester Town Faculty District, At SOTA, he delivered different computer system assist for all classroom, lab and office environment systems.

Together the way, Burns attained his bachelor’s degree in Management Details Know-how from RIT.

Wanting ahead, he explained he is glad that Zimmer will be remaining close to on a component-time basis for up to 3 months to support in the transition.

“I am so grateful that they are retaining Steve all around so I can discover from him for a while just before possessing to go off on my personal,” Burns stated. “I truly feel like I’m adhering to a legend.”

On Wednesday, the Genesee County Legislature on Wednesday voted to build a momentary, aspect-time IT director place to permit for “the incumbent to assist with the transition of a new data engineering director.”

The resolution assigns a shell out charge of $51.69 per hour, powerful May perhaps 10 by no afterwards than Aug. 10. Landers confirmed that Zimmer has agreed to settle for the temporary job.

“We are pretty fortunate to have Steve agreeing to stay on as we totally recognize the essential character of IT and the have to have for a easy hand off in between directors.  It is going to be unhappy to see a good worker like Steve Zimmer leave us, but I am fired up to see what new ideas Michael can carry to Genesee County authorities,” Landers stated.

The county supervisor conveyed that following an extensive search process, the job interview committee of quite a few division heads decided that Burns was the finest in shape to lead the IT division.

“Michael provides 25 a long time of experience in the IT field with him, the past 20 a long time expended at RIT handling a employees bigger than what he will walk into at Genesee County,” Landers claimed. “His type and demeanor in fact resemble Zimmer’s, which is a thing the team preferred to see.  We are confident he can take advanced IT challenges and communicate solutions successfully to the manager’s office and legislature, and be in a position to meet up with the requires of our quite a few departments.”

Burns and his wife, Sharon, who performs at the Most effective Center at GCC, have a person daughter, Courtney, who is graduating this yr with a degree in Nursing from D’Youville Higher education in Buffalo. D’Youville College or university participates in a tuition exchange program with RIT.

In his spare time on the weekends, Burns is the bass participant for Triple Menace, a six-member celebration rock band out of Buffalo (that is him, fourth from still left in the image underneath).

“We engage in a very little bit of almost everything – 60s, 70s, 80s, region – you identify it and we enjoy it,” Burns claimed. “That’s my outlet.”