Former leader of SAPD tech upgrade resigns

August 15, 2012 by  
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Former Assistant Police Director Stephen Gaffigan, who had been overseeing the department’s multimillion-dollar technology overhaul before being reassigned last month, has resigned.

City and police officials didn’t comment on the resignation or answer questions about his exit.

In an email Thursday, Di Galvan, a city spokeswoman, said: “Steve resigned today. I do not have any additional information.”

Gaffigan was moved out of the police department to a position in the city’s information technology services department on June 25 but retained his $136,992 annual salary.

Attempts to reach him were not successful.

While the reassignment came amid questions by the Express-News about problems with the technology upgrade and unaddressed officer complaints, that had nothing to do with the decision, officials said.

Sgt. Javier Salazar said at the time that Gaffigan’s reassignment was the result of an “unrelated administrative matter” forwarded to the human resources department.

Hugh Miller, head of ITSD, is now responsible for overseeing SAPD’s computer-aided dispatch, automated field reporting and records management systems and addressing police officers’ myriad issues with them.

Since the tech upgrade’s first phase was installed in 2010, police officers have voiced numerous complaints: Laptops freeze up, wireless connections regularly fail, searching suspects’ criminal history can take hours, to name a few.

But Gaffigan repeatedly touted its success.

The reassignment took Gaffigan full circle in terms of his employment with the city. He was first hired in 2008 by the city’s ITSD as assistant director of public safety.

In January 2011, as the new systems were launched, he was asked to work directly for SAPD.

Though he was once a police officer and had worked for police departments in Houston and Washington, D.C., he was a civilian employee in SAPD.

Eva Ruth Moravec contributed to this report.

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