The GIS Department was created in 1999. GIS is short for Geographic Information System, which is a computer system that contains "layers" of information about a particular area. The GIS allows for several "layers" of data (streets, subdivisions, sewer, zoning, etc.) to be viewed at once for analysis and it permits the user to extract a variety of statistics and visual information.
The City decided to assemble a GIS in order to have a central repository of information. This will allow Hope to serve its citizens more efficiently.
In 2008, the Floodplain Administrator position was transferred to the GIS Department from Building Services. Technology was officially added to the department in 2012.
The GIS/Technology Department's responsibilities include:
- Maintaining and enhancing the City's Geographic Information System
- Dealing with all computer/technology issues (except within the Police Department)
- Website and email management
- Maintaining the Public Works' radios
- City fuel purchase and tank monitoring
- Administration of the City's Floodplain Ordinance and Code
The Department uses ESRI's ArcGIS Standard Desktop and shares with Hope Water & Light an installation of ESRI's ArcGIS Server running Microsoft SQL Server 2008 for the database. A Trimble GPS unit is used to collect field data.
The current GIS/Technology Coordinator is Darrell Allen, GISP. He started work with the City of Hope as GIS Coordinator in February 1999 and started the City of Hope's GIS.