OTTAWA, Kan. — April 10, 2017 — Information Technology Services Manager Paul Sommer will serve as interim IT director for the City of Ottawa.

Sommer has nearly 20 years of IT experience and has worked for the city since 2007. “I enjoy working for the City of Ottawa because, with the help of great coworkers, each day brings a new opportunity to make a positive impact on the local community,” he said.

Since he’s worked for the city, Sommer said he’s enjoyed being part of adding captions to the Government Access Channel, streaming study sessions and commission meetings using Facebook Live, the City Municipal Broadband Network and adding Wifi hotspots to City Park and Forest Park.

“I’m looking forward to finding unique ways to make local government more accessible to citizens of Ottawa,”
he said.

Sommer grew up in Greeley and moved to Ottawa in 1998. He graduated from Anderson County High School in 1995 and attended classes at Johnson County Community College specializing in information systems technology. He’s a 2014 graduate of Leadership Franklin County and is finishing a three-year term on the board of trustees. He’s also a 2014 graduate of the City of Ottawa Leadership Academy and is a certified fiber optic specialist in testing and outside plant technician. Sommer and his wife, Laura, have two sons, Ben, 13, and James, 9.

“We really appreciated Paul stepping up to serve as the city’s interim IT director,” City Manager Richard U. Nienstedt said. “He is a great fit and brings a lot of experience and knowledge to the position.”

Sommer succeeds Chuck Bigham, who retired in March after 12 years with the city.