Member Profile: Sanford Hess

Posted on December 21, 2020

Sanford Hess

Sanford Hess

IT Director
City of Urbana, IL

What’s an interesting project or issue you’re currently working on?  

Re-implementing a Public Works Work Order system, because the first attempt didn’t “take” for most of the typical reasons that implementations don’t go well.  Going back and re-doing it after 2 years is both easier and harder than doing it the first time!

If you could have coffee or a beer with any famous person, who would it be and why?  

Phil Jackson, because I love the NBA and I think he has a wisdom about leading people that is exceptional.  There’s much we could all learn from him.

What was the first cassette tape/CD/download that you ever purchased? 

My first cassette tape was Men at Work’s “Business as Usual”.

What job on your resume or LinkedIn was most formative for you? Why? 

My current job, which is really only my second job since college.  I spent the first 20 years of my career on the outside, consulting to governments while doing ERP implementations for very large Public Sector entities.  But my current job at the City has really made me aware of the staggering complexity of local government.

(Complete this sentence) The one thing that I think is missing from local government is….

A sense of proportion.  We spend so much of our time fussing with details for trivial matters, but don’t spend enough time focusing on the big items.  One example of this is procurement.  Another is staffing/personnel.

What’s one question we should have asked you? What is the answer?  What’s the one thing you’re hoping to get from joining ELGL? 

Answer: I’m hoping to be inspired by others!

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